Told in China yesterday about Hamilton’s words, Vettel said: “I think maybe he’s the only one that doesn’t lack a short-term memory.”
“We’ve been around a long time and obviously as much as I want to beat Lewis I think he wants to beat me. But sometimes you never know exactly what’s going on with other people in their teams and so on unless you are racing them in the same team, then you know a bit more. Sometimes things might not go your way but I think when you don’t understand exactly or you don’t know then I think it’s very difficult to say much about certain things.
“But I also know any understand that these days people’s judgement don’t go further than a week, forward or backward. So I think it’s part of the life. I didn’t know that he’d said anything nice but it’s nice to hear.”
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto also defended his driver following his spin in Bahrain.
“I don’t think we should discuss about mistakes,” he said. “We are always in the battle, in the fight. That’s what they are doing, it’s never easy. I think at the end it’s something that may always happen.
“We need to encourage our drivers because it’s only by driving to the limit that they can achieve the best results. And [that] is what Seb was trying to do.”
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and
2019 F1 season
- McLaren Racing reports reduced £71 million loss in 2019
- Kvyat: Hockenheim podium last year was “my biggest achievement” so far
- How the FIA’s new encrypted fuel flow meter targets Ferrari’s suspected ‘aliasing’ trick
- “He smashed my office door”: 23 must-see moments from ‘Drive to Survive’ season two
- ‘I should have done a better job. There’s things that I know I can do better’