F1: You deserve it all, Sebastian Vettel tells Lewis Hamilton
AUSTIN: Sebastian Vettel he said on Monday he told Lewis Hamilton He deserved it all after the British Mercedes driver won his sixth world title in the United States Grand Prix.
Hamilton finished second behind his teammate Mercedes Valtteri Bottas in Austin on Sunday and it was getting cold after the race when, unexpectedly, four-time Ferrari champion Vettel fell to whisper in his ear.
Vettel, for several years Hamilton's fiercest opponent on the track, retired early in the race after his car's suspension failed in the rugged Circuit of the Americas.
I think now is the time for them to write as many good things as they can, Vettel told reporters, referring to what he said to Hamilton.
If someone wins the title six times, he deserves everything. That's what I told him too.
Obviously I'm happy for him, he added. I am not happy that we are not in conflict this year and we were so far away, but we must respect what he achieved in recent years and, also, this year, along with his team, how strong they have been. I am happy for him but less happy for us.
Vettel's Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc said: For my part, I didn't even win, I won a world title ... Winning six is simply amazing.
I think he deserves it. It has been an incredible season. I grew up watching it on television and, yes, just a big congratulation.