Cape Town - Although pressure is part of the game, Lewis Hamilton
reckons title rival Sebastian Vettel has had to deal with more than his fair
share given Ferrari's championship drought.
On Sunday, the British racer beat Vettel to the title as his
fourth place in Mexico gave him an unassailable lead in the championship with
two races to spare.
Hamilton's title success came after a season in which
Ferrari and Vettel appeared to have the upperhand only for it all to start
going wrong when he crashed out of the lead of the German GP.
It means Ferrari's drought continues with the Scuderia
having last won the Drivers' title with Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.
And that, Hamilton says, put added pressure on Vettel's
"If you try to do compare, then naturally that becomes
headlines and it can be taken negatively," said the 2018 World Champion.
"He is a deserving four-time World Champion and this
year, the pressure he would be under in Ferrari, who've not won a championship
for many, many years... it's a lot to ride on one's shoulders.
"I think this year, even though he's had some difficult
times, but he's still bounced back and that's the true showing of a champion.
"I've been very fortunate to race against a lot of
drivers and it's all small percentages that separate us all. And that's the
great thing about this sport."