According to Lewis Hamilton, his arch rival Sebastian Vettel deserves “more respect” instead of the criticism he has received for his faltering F1 championship bid over the last few weeks.

Hamilton’s fourth straight victory at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix left Ferrari’s Vettel 67 points adrift in the drivers’ standings.

Vettel’s sixth-place finish at Suzuka, after fighting back from an early collision with Max Verstappen, led some observers to suggest he had gift wrapped the title for Hamilton.

Writing on Instagram, Mercedes Hamilton said:

“I feel the media need to show a little more respect for Sebastian.

“You simply cannot imagine how hard it is to do what we do at our level … It is to be expected that being humans we will make mistakes but it is how we come through them that counts”.

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