Vettel: ‘Lewis always cheered me up and motivated me to continue’

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Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel opened up about his relationship and mutual respect with Lewis Hamilton.

The respect between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel has been on display on Formula 1 broadcasts this season, as the German was seen as one of the first people to congratulate Lewis after he won his seventh world title.

Vettel now reveals Lewis also gave his words of encouragement after it became known that Ferrari decided to let him go at the end of 2020.

“Right after the bad news in spring, Lewis called me,” the German told Blick newspaper.

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“We then had a few more conversations or wrote to each other. He always cheered me up and motivated me to continue.

“I had several reasons to congratulate him on his great performance and Lewis would often have a reason to feel sorry for me [laughs].

“Because of Corona we couldn’t have conversations in the paddock this season,” concluded Vettel.

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