Red Bull’s Team Principal Christian Horner as stated that he thinks Jenson Button will be a bigger threat than Hamilton in this seasons F1. He did however say that Vettel would maintain his world title crown.
Hamilton responded by saying: It’s the first time I’ve heard of [the remarks] but they definitely don’t wind me up. There are a lot of opinions, and everybody has their right to an opinion, but it doesn’t really affect me. It doesn’t really matter at the end of the day when I go out and do the job.”
Hamilton had a poor season by his standards finishing a massive 43 points behind team mate Button. Hamilton said on last season’s performance: “Losing to Jenson didn’t really bother me,” insisted the 27-year-old.
“If it had been a case where we had been fiercely competitive throughout the year it would have been quite tough to deal with. But knowing it was a year where I threw away points, made very silly mistakes – sometimes a little unfortunate, but it was just a shocking year – I wasn’t really too devastated by it.
“I’ve drawn a line under it because at the end of the day he didn’t win the world championship, so it could have been even worse. But there are still many years ahead, and I don’t plan on [what happened last year] being the case this year.”
Hamilton was also in a reflective mood relating to people thinking that he should have done better last year: “There’s no point saying whether I should have done better. Of course, given my own expectations, I would have liked to have achieved more and have done better.
“But the journey I’ve had is the one that has been mapped out for me, and I would say the learning curve has been a steep one. I’m only 27 so if I’m to race as long as Michael [Schumacher] is racing, then I’ve still quite some time on my side.
“Given that, I definitely feel as if I can win more titles. My commitment to that has never really changed.”
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