Oct 7, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Lewis Hamilton was not impressed at ending the race in fifth place. The Mercedes driver believes he and Fernando Alonso, who finished sixth, should have been fighting at the front of the field.
“Me and Fernando in fifth and sixth at the end having our own little race, yet we are of a higher caliber than that,” said Hamilton. “We should be further ahead fighting with the world champions at the front and with Sebastian [Vettel].”
Hamilton dropped back in the race when he suffered problems with his medium tires in the second stint. He was also held up by Nico Rosberg when his team mate’s front wing failed.
Hamilton added he sympathized with those who were tired of seeing Vettel win all the time.
“I feel for the fans because I remember watching when Michael Schumacher was winning,” he said.
“I remember watching the start, going to sleep, then waking up when it ended because I already knew what would happen. I am pretty sure a lot of people were doing that today. At least in my family there were!”
Vettel has won the last four races in a row and could claim the world championship for a fourth year in a row this weekend in Japan.
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