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I'm not worried by Vettel as I'm best: Hamilton

 

By Steve Simpson

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton believes there is nobody better than he is - as long as he puts the work in.

Mercedes driver Hamilton won the drivers' championship last year, recovering from a shaky start to overtake title rival Sebastian Vettel and be crowned champion quite comfortably.

Hamilton has said that, while he's expecting Vettel to come back in 2018, he's got the self-belief necessary to succeed.

"I imagine next year he's going to be coming back all guns blazing, but I don't feel there's anything I can't achieve if I put the work in," Hamilton claimed.

"Pressure points, weak points - you just keep your foot down, keep the pressure on and when the other shows no sign of weakness that's definitely difficult."

Vettel was shaky to end the year, and was involved in some poor moments, including two collisions with Hamilton, which the Brit says he's learned from.

"I'm not going to tell you what I've learned but I think you guys have learned about him," Hamilton said.

"He shouldn't shy away from that. He will learn from the experiences, as we all do."

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