Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton is excited about the prospect of going
head-to-head with another four-time World Champion in Sebastian Vettel next
Hamilton drew level with Vettel after clinching his fourth
World Championship crown in Mexico and he took a great deal of satisfaction
from the fact that he was able to get the better of him in the duel this year.
“Having the three titles was amazing but everyone was aware
there was another champion who had four,” Hamilton said.
“I guess it will be kind of neat to be out there knowing we
are both on four and now it is a race between the two of us to get the next one.
“We’ve had our battle through the year, I’ve always remained
respectful and I see him as a four-time world champion and a fantastic driver
and I love the fact I was able to fight just as hard as him and come out on
But Hamilton is fully prepared that a mentally stronger
Vettel will return for a title fight in 2018 after a number of big flashpoints
He added: "It’s not great for anyone to lose a world
championship when they’ve been in the lead of the championship, I’ve been there
"I think this year there have been weak points he’s
shown, pressure points you might call them, and I’m sure he’s going to try to
work on those areas next year, and I’ve got to raise my game to reply to