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Hamilton wants to race Vettel like Senna and Mansell fight

Hamilton wants to race Vettel like Senna and Mansell fight

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is “dying to” be able to race four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel wheel to wheel like Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna.

The Champions Mercedes, who took last two Formula 1 title, will seal the third consecutive constructors’ championship in Russia on Sunday if they outscore Ferrari by three points. But, the main title challenger Ferrari has scored three wins and nine other podiums and has set a target for 2016 of fighting Mercedes for the title.

Ferrari ace Vettel is often Hamilton’s main opponent other than team-mate Nico Rosberg. However, rarely have the two teams been closely matched and Hamilton says he wants to race Vettel closely next season.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Hamilton told Sky Italia.

“There have been races we have had this year where there has been such distance between us, I’m dying to.

“I saw a photo the other day where Nigel and Ayrton were wheel to wheel down the straight with sparks coming out. I picture that, I can’t wait for that to be me and Sebastian.

“Imagine if we had a race like Bahrain that me and Nico [Rosberg] had last year, where we’re back and forth, back and forth. That would be the most exciting thing ever. But where that will happen, we’ll have to wait and see.”

When the source asked about Hamilton’s comments, Vettel welcomed the world champion’s desire for close racing but said Ferrari still has to wait before it can compete with Mercedes regularly.

“To be really close he obviously has a bit of margin at the moment,” Vettel said.

“I think we are trying very hard and hopefully in the future we can be a lot closer. That’s the target. I wouldn’t mind, I think he’s one of the best drivers out there so it would be good to fight with him.”

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