Hamilton defends Vettel after criticism of mistakes

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Lewis Hamilton defends Sebastian Vettel and urges 'respect' from media

Hamilton opened a 67-point lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel with four races left after storming to victory in Japan at the weekend, but Wolff clearly wants to wrap his star driver in cotton wool for the remainder of the season.

However, in Japan on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton cemented Mercedes' pole position for the world title after his sixth victory in seven races.

Hamilton could put Vettel out of his misery if he wins the next race at Austin in two weeks and Vettel finishes lower than second - or if he outscores the German by eight points.

"I feel the media need to show a little more respect for Sebastian", Hamilton wrote.

"You simply can't imagine how hard it is to do what we do at our level, for any athlete at the top of his game".

Hamilton is on the verge of wrapping up the championship and could do so at the next race at Austin's Circuit of the Americas.

"You say almost (done), so obviously there is still a chance", Vettel, cutting a resigned figure and clutching at straws, told reporters after the race in Suzuka.

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"I would be happy to have that at every race following that".

"I had similar encounters with others and we managed to make it through the corner".

The Ferrari driver felt that his Red Bull rival had been too aggressive in trying to hold on to third place in the Japanese Grand Prix as Vettel tried a move down the inside at Spoon Curve on lap nine.

"This track is awesome, I'm having the best day", Hamilton whooped over the team radio not even halfway through the 90-minute session, revelling in the speed of his Mercedes as he swept round and round Suzuka's rollercoaster curves. 'The Ferrari cars pulled out of the garage on the intermediate tyres, and I honestly didn't think it was the right decision.' Hamilton was not alone.

"Obviously it's not been an easy couple of weeks but the spirit in the team, considering how tough the last weeks have been is unbroken".

"But I have to say that concerning today, the team and the drivers, they react very well". I don't know why they don't make tracks like this anymore but every second of the run it was just great fun.

"I think the last races we were not as strong and I think the fact that we were better in the race was also due to the fact that they didn't have to push, so you will never get the full picture". "We know we still have a lot of potential to unleash and we need to work and dig deeper but we need to prove that the last races is not what we can do".

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