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Lewis Hamilton "cannot wait" to get stuck into a dogfight with Vettel and Ferrari

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Lewis Hamilton "cannot wait" to get stuck into a dogfight with Vettel and Ferrari
Oct 8, 2015, 9:11 PM

Lewis Hamilton says that he cannot wait to get locked into a wheel to wheel battle with Sebastian Vettel for supremacy as thoughts begin to turn to...

Lewis Hamilton says that he cannot wait to get locked into a wheel to wheel battle with Sebastian Vettel for supremacy as thoughts begin to turn to next season and the expected challenge from Ferrari to Mercedes.

Mercedes has enjoyed another dominant season, with the constructors' championship likely to be sealed as soon as this weekend, but Ferrari has scored three wins and nine other podiums and has set a target for 2016 of fighting Mercedes for the title.

The Mercedes driver has tended to be well clear of Vettel this season, even Malaysia and Hungary didn't feature a close battle between them as Vettel came through to win. This was largely achieved on strategy.

Hamilton, Vettel

So Hamilton and Vettel have had little in the way of wheel to wheel combat this season, but Hamilton says he cannot wait for the chance to battle the four time champion on a regular basis, as many fans hope will happen next year,

"I'm looking forward to that," Hamilton told Sky Italia in Sochi today. "There have been races we have had this year where there has been such distance between us, I'm dying to..

"I saw a photo the other day where Nigel (Mansell) and Ayrton (Senna) were wheel to wheel down the straight with sparks coming out. I picture that, I can't wait for that to be me and Sebastian.

"Imagine if we had a race like Bahrain that me and Nico had last year, where we're back and forth, back and forth. That would be the most exciting thing ever. But where that will happen, we'll have to wait and see."

Vettel, Hamilton

Hamilton also commented on the threat from Red Bull to quit the sport at the end of the season. Interestingly he took the line that it would be surprising for them to pull out after two seasons of struggle, when they have had so much success prior to that; to give up so easily, in other words.

"For sure it would be a big shame for the fans," he said. "It seems very odd to me - having witnessed Red Bull Racing’s success in Formula One - that you would give up so quickly after having not succeeded in two years. Growing up watching Formula One, I don’t remember any other team doing anything like that - or at least I haven’t noticed it.

"From my point of view they don’t have a proper reason to give up, as they have great drivers, a great pedigree and still a pretty awesome car - as well as a great success story behind them in Formula One."
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