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Vettel: "We're not fighting Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck"

  • Published on 02 Nov 2017 12:58
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Sebastian Vettel is already setting his sights on stopping Lewis Hamilton from winning yet another title in 2018. In Mexico, Mercedes' Hamilton matched Vettel's career tally by securing his fourth drivers' crown.

"Only very few athletes on the planet have four world championship titles in their pockets, so that must be honoured," Ferrari driver Vettel told Sport Bild. "Looking at the season, Lewis was the better man and that's why he earned the title."

And now, Briton Hamilton is already setting his sights on number five. Vettel said: "You never know what will happen in the future. But next season I will do my utmost to keep Lewis from getting the fifth title. 2017 was his year but 2018 is another story," the German added. "Then everything starts again from zero. As Ferrari, we are on the right track and I firmly believe that we can be at the front in 2018."

That is despite the fact that most insiders agree that Hamilton is in almost scarily good form. But Vettel insisted: "I am not afraid of Lewis. On the contrary, I like racing against him. Because if you win against a Lewis Hamilton, you're proud because you know that the level he drives at is extremely high."

Vettel also believes Ferrari is up to the challenge of taking on not only Mercedes next year, but also Red Bull. "We have to get even better, and we will," he declared. "After all, we know we're not fighting against Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck." (GMM)

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  • Merc: But, we are!

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    • Nov 2 2017 - 19:43
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    good to hear praise where its due. I think Max and Daniel will be harder to beat in 2018 because of the improvements RB has made, they are sure to start 2018 quicker/harder - looks all set for another good season! PS - not sure Alonso was right in saying LH had no-one to beat this year.....a little dismissive of his peers me thinks.

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    • Nov 2 2017 - 20:21
    • Barron

      Posts: 625

      The hardest competitor SV has to beat was himself, and he lost.

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      • Nov 3 2017 - 10:05

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