Despite being gutted at losing the World title, Sebastian Vettel showed his class as he was one of the first to congratulate Lewis Hamilton before heading over to Mercedes.
Vettel, despite beating Hamilton on the day, could only watch as once again his lost the biggest prize to Hamilton.
Despite his disappointment, he congratulated the new five-time World Champion.
Sebastian Vettel stopping his interview and congratulating Lewis Hamilton for the title win.
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Vettel’s next stop was Mercedes.
Showing dignity even in defeat, he went into a Mercedes engineering meeting to shake hands with everyone the team.
What a man – Sebastian Vettel goes to congratulate the Mercedes engineers straight after he loses the world championship pic.twitter.com/HEFQ9pt5SZ
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Hamilton hailed his rival’s sportsmanship.
“He came over and the one thing I remember him saying is ‘don’t let off, I need you fighting with me next year’, which I respect naturally,” he said.
“It was a true showing of sportsmanship and great respect between us. That’s great to happen with multiple World Champions, two competitors who have gone head-to-head.
“It’s been a hard year and he has fought so well, he drove fantastically well today and I know he’s going to go from strength to strength so I’ve got to keep staying on my toes and keep trying to come back.”
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