Hamilton: Vettel's 'got it easy'

2013-05-28 11:38

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Lewis Hamilton has hit back at Sebastian Vettel's description of the Mercedes cars in the 2013 Monaco GP as "buses".

Red Bull's World champion Vettel, who finished second behind Nico Rosberg, said of the opening laps in Monaco: "You expect two silver arrows and there were two buses going for a cruise".

Hamilton, who switched to Mercedes over the winter, told the Press Association he didn't appreciate the analogy.


"He has had the fastest car for the last four years, so it's easy for him to say that. He's got it easy," said the Briton.

"We are making our way up, we are learning, growing, improving with a car that has great potential, so I don't agree with him."

Hamilton was more reluctant to talk about the furore caused by Mercedes' 'secret' tyre test, insisting he has to focus instead on getting up to speed with the on-form Rosberg.

"I just have to focus on myself and try and get my act together," he said.

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  • Jaco van Niekerk - 2013-05-28 12:20

    What a bore this Sunday afternoon turned out to be. Except for that hothead Perez who tried to kill everybody... Perhaps he was just more frustrated than the others about sitting in a funeral procession with so much horsepower under him. The race was a disgrace. You can't pass in Monaco, so there is no point racing there anymore... If the lead car decides to stop once and crawl around protecting his tyres, then everyone else must follow suit.

      Maartins Siphiso - 2013-05-28 15:31

      9 times out of 10 Monaco is won during qualifiers. Rosberg had it in the bag, all he had was to control the race, which he did, he even had Hamilton behind him to block the other cars, until the first safety car. All Vettel had to do was stay ahead of Alonso & Kimi, which he did, he got some assistance from Perez & coy to move the 2 contenders down the points. Yes, a procession it was, like usual.

  • Frik du Toit - 2013-05-28 13:53

    Vettel's words from the linked article: "Usually you expect two silver arrows in front of you but there were two buses going for a cruise - at least in the first couple of laps. "The strategy was clear and they did a very good job. They were going quite slow and trying to make the one-stop happen. Fair play, they were in the lead - around here it's very tricky to pass." Vettel was referring to Mercedes strategy to make the tyres last longer - not the abilities of the car. Also note the last sentence "Fair play..." Arrogant idiot Hamilton should rather shut up and focus on beating his team mate who is currently making him look a little mediocre.

      Cobus Fenwick - 2013-05-28 20:41

      Hamilton 62 points. Rosberg 47 points 2013 season. Do I miss something or is Hamilton leading Rosberg so far or do I not know what mediocre means? Even if he passed Hamilton in Malaysia, Rosberg would still be behind him. Maybe I am still missing something? ps. Hamilton is not my favourite.

      Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-05-29 09:03

      I think calling another team's cars buses is what REALLY qualifies as arrogant.

      Warren van Wyk - 2013-05-29 11:17

      @ Kwashirai: Sebastian Vettle: Fastest Lap: 1’16.577 Lewis Hamilton : Fastest Lap: 1’18.133 Gap: 1.556 seconds Nico Rosberg : Fastest Lap: 1’18.327 Gap: 1.750 seconds If you know anything about racing you'll know that 0,5 sec (in Grand Prix terms) is a lifetime, 1 sec is forever & 1,5 sec is an eternity. Add the Monaco Grand Prix (& all of Hamilton's previous insults) into the mix & you can rightfully claim that you were following a "B.U.S." I'm actually surprised it took Vettle this long to respond, for the last two years or so when Hamilton was in front of a camera he couldn't prevent himself from insulting Vettle, not even holding back on Top Gear (& that my friend "is what REALLY, REALLY qualifies as arrogant".)

  • Desmond Drake - 2013-05-28 14:10

    we wont talk about the year Hamilton won the championship or the year after when he still had the best car but could not repeat it.

      Cobus Fenwick - 2013-05-28 20:42

      Won the Championship? Given by Glock. Small fish in too big pond!!!!

      Warren van Wyk - 2013-05-28 23:40

      @ Desmond: Don't forget the year before too (when he lost the championship to Kimi). @ Cobus: Actually that year Ferrari handed Hamilton the Championship. First Massa's engine blew while leading a race, & then there was the early release by Ferrari's automated system that saw Massa leaving the pits with his fuel hose still connected to his car (also while leading the race).

      Suidlander van Wyk - 2013-05-29 10:09

      just check the books fellas, it says Hamilton won the championship and there is none of this drivel you posting here.if you gonna go on about the mistakes of other teams you might as well mention that you farted while watching and see if it makes a difference

  • Marcus Nouwens - 2013-05-28 23:46

    ... Hamilton must seriously grow up and just accept the vettel is a good driver... honestly... and he did win races in slow cars.. hence now he has a good car and wins

      Suidlander van Wyk - 2013-05-29 10:11

      hamilton was addressing a disrespectful jibe by Vettel and thats all, if you put Hamilton in those cars he would easily win too. even a 100 year old Webber wins on that car

      Warren van Wyk - 2013-05-29 10:42

      Just check the books fellas, it says Button & Vettle won the championships and there is none of this drivel you posting here. If you gonna go on about slow cars of other teams you might as well mention that you squeezed a wet one while watching and see if it makes a difference? Btw genius, why did Rosberg win this weekend's Monaco GP & not Hamilton?

  • Aubrey Walker - 2013-05-29 12:34

    I don't really see Hamiltons point here. 1. They were driving really slow (albeit to preserve tires). The train of cars going around the track before the safety car was evidence of that. 2. Hamilton has had it pretty easy his career too. Being Mclarens prodigy from a young age, straight into debuting for one of the best teams in Formula 1. Vettel on the other hand started out at Toro Rosso, and secured their only ever win back in 2008. I find it hard to believe that Hamilton has had a "hard" time in F1 at all, which makes his statement a little mute in my opinion.

      HJS - 2013-05-29 15:03

      Lewis always has been, and will continue to be a 'chop'. Very much like a Tiger Woods.

  • Wynand Steyn - 2013-05-30 14:30

    Just remember, Hamilton beat Vettel on the prestigious Top Gear track... ;)

      Aubrey Walker - 2013-05-30 15:29

      Indeed....although probably the most inconsistent track testing on earth. I would take anything from Top Gear with a pinch of salt, as entertaining as he show is.

      Warren van Wyk - 2013-05-30 23:36

      Indeed, Top Gear is the motoring version of WWF.

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