WATCH | ‘Hamilton saves tyres like he’s giving a massage to a woman’ - Vettel

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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel joked that Lewis Hamilton's massages must be "pure magic" given how smooth he is with his tyre management in his Mercedes.

The 34-year-old edged closer to a sixth Formula 1 world drivers title with victory at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday.

Smooth operator

According to Essentially Sports, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were on a two-stop strategy while the Mercedes driver opted for a one-stop strategy, getting rid of his soft tyres for harder compounds.

READ | Lewis Hamilton wins the Mexican GP, no 6th title just yet

The German was impressed with how his rival managed his tyres right through to the end.

"If you are a woman on this planet and you have this guy giving you a massage, like when he is giving you a massage, like how he is treating the tyres - it is just pure magic," Vettel said of Hamilton.

In claiming his 10th win of the season and the 83rd of his career, to move within eight of Michael Schumacher's record 91 victories, Hamilton overcame both his own doubts about his chances at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and those of his team, AFP reported. Mercedes' win came a fortnight after the team had sealed an unprecedented sixth consecutive double with the constructors' and drivers' championships, leaving Hamilton to fend off his team mate Valtteri Bottas for a personal sixth drivers' crown. Bottas finished a strong third on Sunday, 24 hours after hobbling out of a heavy crash in the final minutes of qualifying.


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