Hamilton: Vettel a great champ
Lewis Hamilton has sought to clarify his apparent criticism of Sebastian Vettel's current domination of F1, describing the Red Bull driver as a "great champion" who is "doing the perfect job".
Hamilton generated a welter of headlines after Sunday's Korean GP, in which Vettel claimed his fourth successive victory to all-but wrap up a fourth consecutive title, by drawing an unflattering comparison between the German's relentless run of success and Michael Schumacher's soporific decade of dominance.
"I feel for the fans because I remember the period of time when Michael Schumacher was winning," said Hamilton.
"I remember waking up in the morning to watch the start of the race and then going to sleep, and then waking up when it ended because I already knew what would happen. I am pretty sure a lot of people were doing that, at least in my family."
However, in a series of tweets posted from his official Twitter account, Hamilton has attempted to take the sting out of those remarks.
"Feel the need to clarify my thoughts. Seb is great champion!!" he wrote.
"Not only that, he is a great human being who is funny and humble. Deserves all the success he is having! I admire his dedication & ability to consistently perform without mistakes. This is the mark of a true champion.
"Regardless of what you & I may think about his car, at the end of the day he's doing the perfect job. I'm just grateful I get to drive in an era with so many great drivers like him."
Vettel will clinch this year's World Championship in Sunday's Japanese GP if he wins the race and Fernando Alonso, his closest challenger in the standings, finishes ninth or lower.
Hamilton, meanwhile, is currently fourth in the Drivers' Championship.