Lewis Hamilton's comments on Sebastian Vettel from 2015 are becoming accurate

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He may be a Brit, but there's certainly a lot of racing fans up and down the country who aren't Lewis Hamilton's biggest fans.

Without the allegiance to both McLaren and Hamilton since the pair parted ways at the end of the 2012 season, Hamilton has often been accused of arrogance and cockiness when winning.

There has also always been an underlying tension between the Stevenage-born driver and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, with the pair vying for world titles nearly ever year since Vettel rose to fame at Red Bull in 2010.

Has Hamilton changed his attitude or his views on his German rival since these comments back in 2015? You be the judge.

Referring to Vettel, the five-time world champion told German magazine Bild, as per GrandPrix247: “I have a lot of respect for him, but it’s difficult to assess how good he really is.

“He’s never been in a team with someone like Fernando Alonso, but always with people like Mark Webber, who was not on his level, and Kimi Raikkonen, who is no longer at the peak of his performance."

These comments came shortly after Hamilton was forced to backtrack on comments made about Michael Schumacher's seven world titles, suggesting they were won with questionable tactics, while his own were the result of “my natural abilities only”.

Before the interview, former teammate Jenson Button had warned Hamilton about his conduct and told the controversial figure to ensure the success didn't go to his head.

When quizzed about over-confidence, Hamilton replied: “I would not call it self-confidence, but extreme faith in myself.”

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“That is the key to success,” he claimed.

“Before my debut in 2007, I knew it would be hard to beat Fernando, but I also knew that I could do it.

“I still remember before the first race, Ron Dennis said I shouldn’t be too disappointed if Alonso beats me really badly. But I knew that it wouldn’t happen."

Love him or hate him, Hamilton will go down as one of the true great drivers of his generation with his undoubted talent and speed, even if the true competitiveness and competition of Formula One died many a year ago.

Not only that, he'll go down as one who knew how to stir the pot and grab a headline or two.

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