Lewis Hamilton: “It is going to be sad to see Vettel leave”

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Lewis Hamilton says his relationship with Sebastian Vettel has been “an unexpected relationship and friendship”, and he really sees him “as an ally”.

Earlier this year, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has announced that he will leave Formula 1 at the end of 2022.

Ahead of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Lewis gave his thoughts on Seb leaving.

“It is going to be sad to see him leave,” the Briton said.

“It has been an unexpected relationship and friendship. It is so difficult when you are so competitive and you are both fighting for something you are passionate about.

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“Out of all the drivers that I’ve raced with, Seb was the first one to stand by me and take the knee with me. He is the first one to go out of his way to fight for things he cares about.

“I don’t believe I’ve seen any driver in the history of the sport do what he and I have been doing in terms of utilizing the platform, being outspoken and taking that risk.

“I really see him as an ally,” Hamilton concluded.

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