It was always going to be a tasty season between the two Formula One juggernauts, but what started off as bitter-sweet exchanges, light-hearted and harmless jabs have turned into full-on blows ever since the controversial events at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, when Vettel rammed into Hamilton’s car in a moment of anger and slight madness.
But the Brit has since been milking it dry and has taken the opportunity once again to taunt his arch rival by claiming the German has a “short fuse.”
It was all one big misunderstanding as Vettel wrongly assumed that Hamilton deliberately brake-tested him while they both followed a safety car.
And while Vettel has finally admitted to the preposterousness of his actions and offered something in the way of an admittance to liability and even a hint of an apology, Hamilton seems adamant to rub his face in it as he said to reporters: “When you look at your competitors, especially in tennis, you are always trying to find their weak spots.
“And it is evident where Sebastian’s is. There is not much more I can do to put pressure on him other than drive the way I am doing.
“His temper is one of his weaknesses… I am going to keep the other one to myself. I want to keep that in my pocket.
“But it will not affect the way I race. I want to race as hard as I can and I have the pace and the ability. I just need to continue to do the job I am doing.”