Lewis Hamilton has urged the F1 media to show more respect to title rival Sebastian Vettel.
The Ferrari driver has committed a series of high-profile errors in recent races while Hamilton has won six of the last seven events to surge 67 points clear in the standings.
“I feel the media need to show a little more respect for Sebastian,” Hamilton wrote on social media. “You simply cannot imagine how hard it is to do what we do at our level.”
Sebastian Vettel, who has hitherto shunned social media, was widely criticised after his most recent mistakes, running off track in qualifying for the Japanese GP before crashing into Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on race day.
What did Hamilton say?
In a post on his Instagram account, Hamilton wrote:
“I feel the media need to show a little more respect for Sebastian. You simply cannot imagine how hard it is to do what we do at our level, for any athlete at the top of their game that is. It is to be expected that being humans we will make mistakes but it is how we get through them that counts.”