Lewis Hamilton, the controversial newly-crowned triple world champion, has taken a verbal swipe at three F1 stars.
Recently, Hamilton was forced to apologise after suggesting that motorsport legend Michael Schumacher’s record seven titles were won with questionable tactics, while his own were a result of “my natural abilities only.”
Interviewed by German magazine Sport Bild, and asked about quadruple world champion and possible 2016 title rival Sebastian Vettel, the 30-year-old Mercedes driver claimed: “I have a lot of respect for him, but it’s difficult to assess how good he really is.”
“He’s never really been in a team with someone like Fernando Alonso, but always with people like Mark Webber, who was not on his level, and Kimi Raikkonen, who is no longer at the peak of his performance.”
Before the interview, Hamilton’s former McLaren teammate Jenson Button warned the fellow British driver about allowing his recent success make him “arrogant.”
When questioned about his clearly excessive confidence, he replied to Sport Bild: “I would not call it self-confidence, but extreme faith in myself.”
“That is the key to success,” he claimed.
“Before my debut in 2007, I knew it would be hard to beat Fernando, but I also knew that I could do it.”
“I still remember before the first race, Ron Dennis said I shouldn’t be too disappointed if Alonso beats me really badly. But I knew that wouldn’t happen.” Hamilton concluded.
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