Sebastian Vettel reveals what he told Lewis Hamilton after his title win

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The first person to congratulate Lewis Hamilton on his seventh title win, after he pulled into the pitlane, was third-placed Sebastian Vettel.

Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton shared an emotional moment before the Briton even got out of his car. Now the German reveals what he told the newly crowned world champion.

“I told him that it’s very special for us because we can witness history being made today,” Vettel said.

Seb was then asked how he thinks Hamilton compares to F1’s legends from the past.

“I think he is the greatest of our era for sure. I think it’s always difficult to compare, how can you possibly compare [Juan Manuel] Fangio, Stirling Moss to our generation? You can’t.

“Maybe we would be useless because we’d all be s***ing ourselves in those cars, maybe they would be useless in our cars because they’re way too fast, who knows?

“But it doesn’t matter. I think every era has its driver, or its drivers, and Lewis is certainly the biggest, greatest of our era.

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“To me, certainly emotionally, Michael [Schumacher] will always be the greatest driver. But there’s no doubt Lewis is the greatest in terms of what he has achieved.

“He’s equalled the championships, he has more races won, he has a lot more pole positions so I think he’s done everything you can ask for.

“I think today’s the best proof [of Hamilton’s greatness]. It’s a difficult race, a very difficult race to stay on track and two hours long, and probably if we’re honest, it wasn’t his race to win, and he still won it.

“So I think once again he managed to pull something special out of that bag, and therefore I think he deserves everything he has achieved,” concluded the German.

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