F1: Hamilton Uses Press Conference To Clarify Statements On Vettel

of Great Britain and Mercedes GP is seen during previews for the Japanese  GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton says that he was keen to clarify what were perceived as negative comments about .

On Tuesday, Hamilton used Twitter to stress that he has a lot of respect for the German driver.

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“I was just in my hotel and I just looked at some of the Tweets that people were writing and stories that people had read,” he said in Suzuka Thursday. “And because we’re always doing interviews, it’s very easy for things to not necessarily be taken out of context, but misunderstood. So I just wanted to clarify, as I said.”

Hamilton was in an upbeat mood as he considered his prospects for this weekend’s Japanese GP.

“This is another track that I haven’t won at, and it’s definitely one that I’d love to win,” the Mercedes driver said. “The first sector is the most challenging and most critical of the lap. The Red Bull has generally been the quickest there, for the last four years. I anticipate they are going to be the quickest there again this year. But I hope that the strong showing we had in Korea in the middle sector can correlate with the first sector here. Fingers crossed I’ll get out there tomorrow, and it flows as well as I dream and we can give the Red Bulls a good race.”

Regarding the tire situation this weekend, he said: “It’s so strange, but even though you have past experiences with the tires, when you go to a new circuit, new surface, it’s always different. So I’m hoping this weekend we’re strong. I’ve generally not had any good races here. I’ve had good races in Fuji. I really hope this is a new start for me here.”

He also had an interesting comment on why he suffered more than teammate with the tires in Korea.

“There is an explanation, but I’m not going to tell you,” Hamilton said. “I’m going to keep it to myself. It’s not the car — it’s me.”