Lewis Hamilton Ironically Criticized Sebastian Vettel For the Same Impact He Once Had On the Sport

Published 07/17/2022, 1:00 PM EDT
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 08: Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and second place qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel experienced one of the most dominant reigns in F1 history when he was the world champion. The German driver won four consecutive world championships from 2010 to 2013. His reign was so dominant that fellow F1 driver Lewis Hamilton subtly called it boring.

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Hamilton revealed he knew the outcome of the race every time he approached a race weekend. He also compared Vettel‘s reign to 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who dominated the sport from 2000 to 2004.

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Talking about Seb’s dominance in 2013, Hamilton said, “Personally, I feel for the fans because I remember the period of time when Michael Schumacher was winning.”

“I remember waking up in the morning to watch the start of the race and then going to sleep, and then waking up when it ended because I already knew what would happen. I am pretty sure a lot of people are doing that today,” said the British driver.

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Back then, many people assumed that the Mercedes driver was disrespecting the reign of Vettel with his comments. So Hamilton clarified his comments and heaped praises on the German driver.

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Hamilton revealed that, with his previous comments, he was not taking shots at Vettel. He declared how he considered the Red Bull driver a great champion and a greater human being.

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SUZUKA, JAPAN: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“Read some of the stories/reports of my comments on Seb. Feel the need to clarify my thoughts. Seb is a great champion!! Not only that, he is a great human being who is funny and humble.”

“Deserves all the success he is having! I admire his dedication & ability to consistently perform without mistakes. This is the mark of a true champion,” clarified the Mercedes driver.

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Ironically, Hamilton enjoyed an even more dominant reign in F1, as he won 6 world championships in the period from 2014 to 2020. When he made the comments in 2013, no one could have predicted that the British driver would enjoy the same amount of success.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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