Max Verstappen, Lewis hamilton

Hamilton: Alonso, Seb, Max and I are the strongest

Max Verstappen, Lewis hamilton

Reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has gone out on a limb and identified his three greatest rivals a month ahead of the first test of the season in Barcelona, singling out Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen if their respective teams can deliver race-winning cars.

Mercedes driver Hamilton declared, “We’re the four strongest drivers. I really hope we are all in the fight next year. It would be frigging amazing.”

Hamilton has gone toe-to-toe with all three last season. His battles with Vettel and Verstappen are well documented, as was the brief battle he enjoyed with Alonso in Mexico last year.

All three are formidable rivals in their own right, as Hamilton explained, “You look at them all slightly differently. They all have different characteristics.”

“Sebastian, for example, from this year, you could say: Give more space – not in a negative way. Max takes a lot of risks. Also, you have to give more space, but he is more inexperienced than the other guys.”

“Fernando – toughest driver there is, so you have to keep that utmost respect for each other, but you’ve really got to play your cards right to utilise the racecraft. His racecraft is mighty, but Max’s racecraft is very impressive…” added the four times F1 world champion.

Big Question: What do Daniel and Valtteri think of Lewis’ top three?