SHANGHAI – Lewis Hamilton predicted his 2017 tussle with Sebastian Vettel will be one of the closest ever title runs after the two dominant Formula One drivers set the pace in this year’s championship.
The duo, who between them have won the drivers’ title for six of the last seven seasons, are locked on 43 points apiece on top of the standings heading into the next round in Bahrain.
“I think it’s going to be one of the closest ones, if not the closest, I’ve personally ever experienced,”
“I love this fight that we’re having.”
The 32-year-old is no stranger to close title runs.
He also won two of his three titles in last-race showdowns. In 2008, he beat Ferrari’s Felipe Massa to his debut title by passing a car on the last corner of the final lap of the last race.
The last three seasons were spent battling it out with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, with the title charge twice going down to the wire.
“The scenario I’m in right now, I’m up fighting against a four-time world champion who is at his best, and he is phenomenally quick,” said
“The ultimate fighter always wants to go up against the best… because then when you come out on top, it’s just so much more satisfying.”
For his part Vettel, who hopes to emulate boyhood hero Michael Schumacher by winning the title for Ferrari, is also excited about measuring himself against the driver who succeeded him as champion.
“He’s proven to be one of the quickest drivers on the grid,” Vettel said after his win in
“I would love to have a close battle.”