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Lewis Hamilton says he will keep pushing Sebastian Vettel for F1 drivers’ title but admits the German has a huge lead on him that will be almost impossible to overcome.
Vettel once again stole the show in his Red Bull to take the victory in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, with Fernando Alonso taking second spot and Hamilton third.
“It’s a big, big gap. It’s a huge gap,” Hamilton revealed.
The Englishman started the race in pole but again the superior Red Bull car made the difference and Hamilton struggled to keep up with Vettel and Alonso in his Ferrari.
Even so, Hamilton was happy with his day’s work after he jumped above Kimi Raikkonen in the drivers’ championship, while Mercedes continue to lead the constructors’ championship.
“There’s nothing you can do,” Hamilton said. “It’s difficult when people pull away from you and there is nothing you can do about it.
“I feel happy we’ve extended our lead [in the constructors’ championship] ahead of Ferrari, and also I’m up to third, so I have come and done what I planned to do.
“But it is difficult when he is pulling away at the rate sometimes he pulls away.”
Next up is the Italian Grand Prix where Hamilton expects Vettel and Alonso to dominate once again, but he is more optimistic for the Singapore Grand Prix on September 22 and the remaining seven races afterwards.