Hamilton sends a message to Vettel
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Hamilton sends a message to Vettel

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Lewis Hamilton oozed confidence on Friday at Suzuka. A harmless radio message, expressing his serenity in the car, hints at just how difficult Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel will find it to topple the Mercedes driver in Japan

"This track is awesome, I'm having the best day," quipped Lewis Hamilton over the radio during his performance run in Friday afternoon practice at Suzuka. Not the kind of thing you often hear during probably the most important practice session of a grand prix weekend for race preparation.

It was as if Hamilton was aiming that message directly at title rival Sebastian Vettel, like it was another small psychological barb as part of the barrage of pace, wheel-to-wheel superiority and points accumulation that he has subjected the Ferrari driver to in recent weeks.

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