Hamilton is currently basking in the glory of a fifth F1 title, secured at last Sunday’s race in Mexico City.
And he will reflect on his post-summer break form as being crucial to levelling up with the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio.
Lewis Hamilton came out on top at the Italian, Singapore, Russian and Japanese Grands Prix respectively to open up a commanding lead over rival Vettel.
But it could all have gone pear-shaped for the Mercedes driver in Sochi when he was duelling with the German.
Hamilton was squeezed towards the wall close to the de facto first corner after attempting to pass Sebastian Vettel, before eventually doing so later on.
And the Brit has now revealed the details of a chat with FIA F1 race director Charlie Whiting about the incident at the drivers’ briefing for the subsequent Japanese Grand Prix.
“It wasn’t really an argument,” Hamilton told BBC Sport.
“It was a different opinion about how you see and interpret the rule book.
“You ask things to Charlie and he says one thing but it means another. Sometimes.
“So I said: ‘Charlie, are you allowed two moves under braking? Is it one move or two moves?
“‘The rules say one but that was a two-move thing and you look at the footage and in my eyes that’s two moves.’
“Charlie said: ‘Yeah but if you look from the front, it looks like he turns and then slows down and then keeps going, so it’s still one move.’
“So I’m like: ‘OK, in the future, if I move, as long as I keep a bit of angle on the car, it’s still one move then I’m going to be fine? But it’s actually two.’
“I’m saying: ‘You’re setting a precedent.’ I asked all the drivers: ‘What do you think?’
“And there was only one driver really that looked at it and saw two moves but said it was OK, and that was Max [Verstappen]. Because he does two moves!
“So, I was laughing and saying: ‘Max, you’re the one that started this whole two-move thing. You’re the king of the double move.’ It’s just trying to understand it.”
Hamilton has now won four of the past five World Drivers’ Championships.
And former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says the sport needs to keep hold of him.
“The guy is just phenomenal,” Ecclestone said. “He is simply the best – on many levels.
“He is the best driver, he gets better and better under pressure, and he does so much more for Formula One worldwide than anyone else.
“He’s the attraction at a time when Formula One is not so exciting.
“He keeps Formula One racing, it needs Lewis more than ever.”
Source : EXPRESS