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Hamilton backtracks over Vettel comments

Oct 8, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Korea F1 GP Auto Racing

Lewis Hamilton tried to put some distance between himself and comments he made following the Korean Grand Prix claiming Sebastian Vettel’s domination has made F1 a turn-off for viewers.

In a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday Hamilton said he’d “read some of the stories/reports of my comments on Seb” and wanted “to clarify my thoughts”.

“Seb is great champion!” he began, calling his rival “a great human being who is funny and humble” and “deserves all the success he is having”.

“I admire his dedication and ability to consistently perform without mistakes,” Hamilton continued, “this is the mark of a true champion”.

Alluding to his previous comments about the performance of the Red Bull RB9, Hamilton added: “Regardless of what you and I may think about his car at the end of the day he’s doing the perfect job”.

“I’m just grateful I get to drive in an era with so many great drivers like him,” he concluded.

Following the Korean race Hamilton likened Vettel’s success to Michael Schumacher’s domination of the early 2000s. “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.”

  1. apexassassin - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    What a Lewser.

    At least Vettel doesn’t twit or fbook. That decision I respect as much as 4 titles.

  2. Jeff - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Lew’s original comments were probably just a result of being frustrated and in the heat of the moment events.
    Looks like he needed a blog or a link to another site. Hard to get everything out in a 140 characters.

  3. imajoebob - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Nice! Especially the one starting “Regardless…” Hamilton makes it clear he’s not accusing Vettel of anything except being a great driver. On the other hand, he takes back nothing about Red Bull… I like it.

  4. kando53 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Unfortunately, Lewis isn’t wrong about the boring part, at least for a lot of viewers. I pretty much gave up on F1 after all the ridiculous rules changes over the last several years.
    For one, restricting car testing during the race season has probably been more detrimental to keeping the cars competitive than it has helped. If they really wanted the cars to have some parity they would allow in-season testing based on where teams placed within the points standing on a weekly basis. Lower teams being allowed more testing hours, etc.
    Secondly, the idiotic change in rules enforcement has turned the sport more into a pathetic Nascar version of F1. Almost nothing is done at times to guys who have blatantly broken a written rule, whiles others are penalized heavily. Quite often it appears to favor the higher ranked teams. Might as well put in a figure 8 section on all tracks, lol.
    He was also quite right about the snooze factor. Some races are completely boring, and only the lower placed cars are worth watching.

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