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Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is convinced that his eternal rival Sebastian Vettel will make a comeback. “I’m sitting here and kind of accepting that this is your last race, but you will come back,” said the Briton at a press conference with the German at the Yas Marina circuit. “Formula 1 always pulls you back and we’ve seen that with a lot of other drivers, so…”

After 16 years in Formula 1 with 53 Grand Prix victories and four world championship titles, the 35-year-old German is contesting his 299th and final Grand Prix at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. “I secretly expect myself to be able to cope without Formula 1 – as if I were doing a withdrawal,” said Vettel before the end of his career on Sunday (2 p.m., ServusTV).

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He has many ideas and things that he wants to try. Among other things, he supports projects for climate protection and human rights. “There is so much to learn, there is so much I’m interested in,” said Vettel, who is aiming for an “open schedule” without pressure. “I don’t have the expectation that I’ll do something different and be among the best in the world. That would be far-fetched and the wrong approach,” admitted Vettel. He also expects setbacks when he gets to know himself again. “Maybe I feel horrible, maybe I’m going through a phase where it’s very, very difficult, but sooner or later it all comes anyway.” This uncertainty could have led Vettel to state that he would not rule out a return to the premier class of motorsport. “Maybe next year or two I’ll think differently about that.”

“I see him as an ally”

Vettel is now a real friend for Hamilton. “Something like that is difficult when you’re in competition and both are fighting for something you’re passionate about,” said the Mercedes driver. “Seb was the first to stand up and kneel with me. He’s the first to stand up for things he cares about. I really see him as an ally.”

Hamilton (37) wants to be active in Formula 1 for a few more years. Abu Dhabi offers him his last chance for his first win of the season. The goal is second place in the Constructors’ Championship, which guarantees extra bonus payments. Mercedes is 19 points behind Ferrari going into the finale.

In yesterday’s free practice, World Champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) was the fastest.

Source: Nachrichten

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