German Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton backs ‘formidable’ Sebastian Vettel

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Lewis Hamilton has backed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to bounce back from the difficult patch he has been going through for the past year.

The German four-time world champion has made several errors, most recently when he crashed into Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton said: “People can be easily forgetful. I just remember him as a four-time champion and a formidable competitor. You need to keep the respect there and expect him to come back strong.”

Mercedes’ Hamilton beat Vettel to the world title in the past two seasons, after the Ferrari driver started each year strongly only for the team’s form to tail off later in the championship.

And from the French Grand Prix in June 2018, Vettel has made eight errors during grands prix, including crashing out when leading his home race in 2018.