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Vettel will come back stronger, says Hamilton

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73   //    28 Sep 2017, 20:19 IST
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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (L) and Lewis Hamilton (R) of Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton believes Formula One championship rival Sebastian Vettel will come back stronger from his Singapore nightmare.

Vettel was involved in a first-corner crash with Ferrari colleague Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen last time out, bringing an abrupt end to the race of all three.

Hamilton went on to win at the Marina Bay Street Circuit and take a 28-point lead at the top of the drivers' standings with six races to go.

But the Briton will not be hasty in making room for a fourth world title in his trophy cabinet.

"[Vettel] is a four-time world champion, so it's difficult to really know how he's going to react," said Hamilton.

"Firstly, I don't know how he's taken it, the mistake at the last race, and I don't know how he has reflected on it, but greats generally bounce back, so I have to anticipate he will bounce back even stronger.

"I don't remember the last time I have seen him falter under pressure. I don't know whether he feels pressure."

Hamilton added that he is not concerned with when he wraps up the title, saying: "It doesn't matter when, the question is if. And I am just trying to make sure it is done by the time I cross the line at the end of the season - that is all that matters.

"I have not really reflected that much on the last race. I went into it thinking I would lose a lot of points to Sebastian, so to come out the other way around it was a real surprise.

"But of course it is a turning point when you go from being behind all season long and now two races being in the lead.

"There are lots of turning points within the year and I am trying to make sure that was the last one."

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