Lewis Hamilton defends Sebastian Vettel after criticism of mistakes

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Lewis Hamilton defends Sebastian Vettel and urges 'respect' from media

Looking at the championship standings, it's very easy to surmise that MercedesAMG and Lewis Hamilton have got the titles bagged, but Mr. Arrivabene is not giving up on glory yet, even after a disappointing Japanese Grand Prix that saw Kimi Räikkönen finish 5th and Sebastian Vettel 6th. "You simply can not imagine how hard it is to do what we do at our level".

Vettel tangled with Red Bull's Max Verstappen at Suzuka while trying to pass for third place, a collision that left him fighting back from 19th to sixth after starting eighth on the grid.

"I feel the media need to show a little more respect for Sebastian".

"I think the last races we were not as strong and I think the fact that we were better in the race was also due to the fact that they didn't have to push, so you will never get the full picture".

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It had seemed Ferrari was poised to mount a charge in the second half of the season after Sebastian Vettel's scintillating Belgian Grand Prix performance in August to close the gap to 17 points. Arrivabene said. "We got the news about the penalty very, very late; Sebastian was doing his job, and as far as I know, his auto was on the inside".

Hamilton has won the last four Grands Prix - leading Valtteri Bottas for a 1-2 in both Russian Federation and Japan - to open a 67-point advantage over Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers' battle. So I was nervous I had lost part of my floor or something because the vehicle was moving for unknown reasons, but then it started to get better and better, after some tweaks to the settings. "It's really weird", he later said after the race in which he took his 71st win, just 20 short of Michael Schumacher's record haul of 91. He can mathematically seal the Driver's Championship at Austin if he establishes a minimum lead of 75 points - sufficient with only three races to go after this latest one. It is always hard to make the right call, but that is another real big difference that we as a team have made this year.

You could argue that Ferrari have had the better auto over the course of this season so far, but Hamilton and Mercedes in particular have been more operationally efficient in comparison.

"The team made a lot of mistakes in the last races, strategy, etc..."

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