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Lewis Hamilton had something to say to Sebastian Vettel when asked about his seatbelt removal

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This year in Formula One, much of the narrative has centred on the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

The two drivers are the strongest competitors for the World Championship, however, the former has extended his lead in recent weeks.

Hamilton leads his German nemesis by 59 points in the standings after achieving victory at the Malaysia GP.

SINGAPORE CRASH

Vettel's potential grip on the title was severely harmed by the drama in the Singapore GP, where he and fellow Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen were involved in a very serious crash in the first lap.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was also involved in the incident, allowing Hamilton to cruise to victory and extend his lead at the top.

However, one thing about the Brit's victory has sparked a bit of debate, with fellow driver Romain Grosjean - who races for Haas F1 team - saying that the Hamilton should not have removed his seatbelt to celebrate his win.

QUESTIONS OVER SEAT BELT REMOVAL

Questions over safety have been raised and it was brought up at the pre-race drivers' briefing at the Japanese GP.

Hamilton was a tad bemused over Grosjean's accusations, however, he did inject a brilliant bit of humour into the matter by having a very sly dig at Vettel.

The German driver was caught up in a minor crash into Lance Stroll during the slow-down lap in Malaysia and Hamilton just had to poke fun at him.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the Brit replied with this brilliant phrase when quizzed for clarity on the matter.

HAMILTON TROLLS VETTEL

Hamilton: "We're driving so slowly, man. But, I mean, maybe Sebastian should keep his on."

It was said to have been met by a ripple of laughter from the other drivers.

The debate over whether seat belts should be removed is likely to continue for a few days and if Hamilton does achieve victory in Japan, it will be interesting to see if he does celebrate in the same manner.

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Valterri Bottas
Nico Rosberg
Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen
Formula 1
Mercedes

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