Sebastian Vettel lifts lid on what he said to Lewis Hamilton after sixth world title win

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Lewis Hamilton beat competitors such as Sebastian Vettel to win his sixth F1 world title on Sunday.

Sebastian Vettel told Lewis Hamilton to “write as many good things as you can” after the Brit won his sixth F1 title on Sunday.

Hamilton began fifth on the grid at the United States Grand Prix but raced proficiently to claim a second-place finish behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

That was enough for the Mercedes driver to clinch his sixth driver’s championship with two races remaining.

Vettel suffered a suspension failure early in the race which led to his withdrawal, summarising a disappointing season for the German.

The four-time champion gave kudos to Hamilton after the race, though, and urged his competitor to build on his success.

“I think now is the time for you to write as many good things as you can,” Vettel told Hamilton.

“If somebody wins the title six times he deserves all of it. That’s what I told him as well.”

Vettel has driven behind Hamilton for much of the season, only claiming one win with his Ferrari.

Retirement rumours have circled Vettel, whose contract with the Italian constructor expires at the end of next season.

He did not hide his frustration at a poor season but gave no further as to whether he would call it a day at the end of 2020.

“Obviously I’m happy for him, I’m not happy that we are not in contention this year and we were so far back,” Vettel added.

“But you need to respect what he achieved the last years and also this year, together with his team how strong they have been.

“I’m happy for him but less happy for us.”

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