The seven-time world champion came out as pretty much Sebastian Vettel’s best friend. The main reason for the burgeoning sympathy was the German’s socio-political commitment.
Among other things, Hamilton recalled kneeling as a protest against racism: “Of all the drivers I drove with, Seb was the first to stand by me and kneel down with me. He is the first to stand up for things that he cares about.” According to his own assessment, the English record world champion and the four-time champion from Germany are pioneers, “namely to use the platform, to be open and to take this risk. I see him as an ally.”
Vettel (35) ends his Formula 1 career after the last two races of the season. “It will be sad to see him go,” admitted Hamilton, who only beat the then Ferrari driver in 2017 and 2018 after a long world championship fight. The Englishman himself wants to drive in Formula 1 for more years. Hamilton has only two chances of his first win of the season this year. For his Mercedes team, it’s all about overtaking the second-placed Ferrari team in the constructors’ championship. Hamilton paid tribute to world champion Max Verstappen for the title hunt that had already been decided: “He did an excellent job.”