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Hamilton clarifies remarks about Vettel

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Lewis Hamilton: "He is a great human being who is funny and humble" © Associated Press

Lewis Hamilton has clarified remarks he made at the Korean Grand Prix about Sebastian Vettel's dominance, saying he feels "grateful" to drive against the soon-to-be four-time world champion.

Although Hamilton did not actually criticise Vettel as a driver, he compared his current era of dominance with that of Michael Schumacher in the 2000s and said it is turning off fans. However, he still felt the need to try to diffuse the situation on Tuesday morning by Tweeting a series of messages.

"Good morning all," he wrote. "Read some of the stories/reports of my comments on Seb. Feel the need to clarify my thoughts. Seb is [a] great champion! Not only that, he is a great human being who is funny and humble. Deserves all the success he is having!

"I admire his dedication and ability to consistently perform without mistakes. This is the mark of a true champion. Regardless of what you and I may think about his car, at the end of the day he's doing the perfect job. I'm just grateful I get to drive in an era with so many great drivers like him."

Vettel has the chance to sew up his fourth world title in a row at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend if he wins and Fernando Alonso finishes ninth or lower.