Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have set a record of winning 10 of the last 11 F1 world titles. Despite the number of battles both had, Vettel in Red Bull and Ferrari while Hamilton in McLaren and Mercedes have immense respect for each other. So much so that the pair has earned the nickname ‘Sewis’.

“Knowing how hard it is to be where we are today, knowing I was racing against an incredible driver, and not only that, but a great man in Seb,” said Hamilton

“He’s a four-time world champion. Ultimately when you’re racing against another team at the same time, Ferrari who were very strong at the time – it took a lot out of both of us in that period of time to remain focused, to deliver weekend in, weekend out.

“I think whilst it was a difficult period for us, I think it probably brought us closer as well, because the respect that we have between us is I think huge,” he concluded.

Hamilton also had some words for His Royal Highness Prince Philip on his passing. He mentioned that the Duke of Edinburgh was a racing fan and a major inspiration to young people.

In honour of his passing, Formula 1 has altered the schedule of the upcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.

“The Duke of Edinburgh was such a racing fan and it’s so sad to hear of his passing, he had a really great, long, life and I know he was really committed to having an impact and helping young people. It is really inspiring, the legacy he has left behind.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the family and I am sure he will be watching from above.”

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