Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel embraced in a touch of class as the F1 2018 season drew to a close.
The two drivers showed each other the upmost respect in a feel-good video released on the Mercedes Twitter page earlier today.
Hamilton has had an overwhelming year on the track and finished comprehensively first in the 2018 standings.
His win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix meant that he finished the season on 408 points, 11 wins and 17 podium finishes.
Vettel has often been Hamilton’s biggest competitor throughout the season. The German finished second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and too in the overall standings, with 320 points, five wins and 12 podium finishes.
However, the two were able to put aside this competitive rivalry in a 90-second video filled with nothing but admiration and respect as the two swapped their helmets after the race at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Swapping helmets has been regarded by all drivers as the most respectful thing any driver can do, as Hamilton explained: “This is kind of an honorary thing that drivers do.
“It is the highest regard of respect that we can have as drivers. It’s like our jersey’s.”
The two did so for the first time in their long history of competing whilst complementing each other’s commendable achievements throughout the year.
First, the British champion congratulated Vettel on a strong year.
“Great job this year. I wish you same for the next year.”
Clearly full of praise for each other, Vettel responded immediately and commended Lewis on an incredibly successful year.
“Well, yes to you well done. Five Championships is a great achievement.”
Vettel then made a subtle, but timely, joke about wanting to stop Hamilton’s reign at the top.
“And I hope I can stop your from winning anymore."
Hamilton fired back with a joke of his own about the size of Vettel’s head. “You have got a small head,” claimed the 33-year-old whilst inspecting Vettel’s helmet. “Are you a size small? I won’t be able to use it, you’ll be able to fit mine on.”
“And then I can wear it as a disguise,” joked Vettel, as the two were clearly enjoying one another’s company in a great advert for the respect in F1.