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Vettel could dominate - Hamilton

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton says it has been "too easy" for Sebastian Vettel after his victory in Turkey © Getty Images
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Lewis Hamilton has conceded that McLaren are currently racing everyone but Sebastian Vettel as the reigning world champion enjoys a dominant start to the season.

Vettel has taken pole position in all four races of 2011 so far, and converted three of them in to victories, only finishing second to Hamilton in China. Hamilton said that Vettel's lead in the championship is a big one, and as it stands he is not in a position to challenge the championship leader.

"Thirty-four points is a very big gap at the moment," said Hamilton."But what can I do? He's not really the guy we're racing. It's all the other guys - [Mark] Webber, Jenson [Button], Fernando [Alonso], [Felipe] Massa. That's really where the fight is because it's too easy.

He was cruising in yesterday's race, for sure, and I've got to be on the ragged edge to try and get every little step I can possibly get. At the moment it's very, very similar to when Schumacher was dominating. Now Sebastian is dominating - pole position at all four races this season, and he's nearly won all four."

When asked if he was worried that Vettel could seal the title early in the season, Hamilton admitted "I don't have a fear that will happen, but it is a reality, it is possible."

"But it is also possible we could catch up and overtake them. Then we might see at the next race they will have a bigger upgrade than us, and it will be the same again. But the gap is only a win and a bit, so for example if he doesn't have a good race in Barcelona and we win we're back in the fight again.

It's easy to say now it's all doom and gloom, but it's not at all. There are many races to go, and we're not a million miles off with our race pace, it's just qualifying. If we can get the car on pole position then we'll be smiling."