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2018-09-08 13:08

Image: Boris HORVAT / AFP

Toto Wolff has defended Sebastian Vettel amid widespread criticism of his driving in 2018.

Most now agree that Ferrari has the fastest car at the moment, but it is Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton with a comfortable 30 point lead with 7 races to go.

Toto behind Vettel

"I'm not completely neutral, but for me Lewis is the best driver of recent years. Even so, I find the criticism of Sebastian not quite fair," Mercedes team boss Wolff told Die Welt newspaper.

READ: Sebastian Vettel's mistakes could cost Ferrari the 2018 title - press

Indeed, pundits and the Italian press have been critical of the high-profile mistakes made by Vettel in 2018, particularly at Hockenheim but again on the first lap at Monza.

Wolff, though, says Vettel is just pushing hard.

"If possible to win, he has the ambition to do it with the necessary aggression. That requires a lot of courage and his way of driving sometimes leads to collisions.

Different scenario

But let's not forget that he won four world championships. As I do with Lewis, you have to accept that (aggression).

It could easily have been Lewis instead of Sebastian who spun (at Monza). Then the whole grand prix would have been different.

In the high tech world of Formula 1, everything is not decided linearly and rationally, but also with luck, misfortune and coincidence," said the Austrian.

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