Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel can forget about cruising to the title this season because he expects a challenge from several drivers. Sebastian Vettel has won the world championship title three times in his career despite being only 25 years old. He is regarded by many as the best young driver in the world right now. He managed to extend his lead at the drivers championship for the 2013 F1 season following a win at the Bahrain Grand Prix. He now holds a 10 point advantage over his nearest rival in the table.
Hamilton moved to Mercedes from McLaren at the start of the season in the hope of winning his first world championship title since 2008, but he is already 27 points behind Vettel in the table. However, he has said that Mercedes have made a lot of progress since he has arrived, and he expects them to challenge for the title from next season. Hamilton has said that it is not a big surprise to see Vettel winning at the Bahrain Grand Prix, as the German seems to do it more often than not. He reckons that the gap between Vettel and the chasing pack will be closed once the sport returns to Europe.
“Seb always seems to win in Bahrain, so that was no real surprise for us. I don’t think it will be the same for Seb in all the races plus Red Bull have seemed to struggle in some qualifying sessions. The Bahrain GP could turn out to be one of the worst grands prix for us because we had a lot of problems with the car. We were on the back foot all weekend, so to come away with a fifth place when I started in ninth, was really pleasing,” said Hamilton.