Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 01: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing is congratulated by Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in parc ferme during the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on October 1, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)

Webber: It’s between Max and Lewis

Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen

The 2020 Formula 1 driver’s championship is only between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, according to ex-driver Mark Webber.

Appearing on Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport, Webber was asked about Verstappen’s chances this season.

“I think it’s really between him and Lewis,” he said. “I don’t see anyone else at the party to be honest. Ferrari won’t be there this year. I don’t see anyone else that can take it to Lewis. So it has to be Max.”

Widely considered the pick of the bunch in preseason testing, Mercedes and Red Bull seemed a step above Ferrari, who struggled in Barcelona despite finishing second to the Silver Arrows in the 2019 constructor’s championship.

As to how Red Bull will overhaul the six-time defending champions and Hamilton, Webber suggested the chassis would be on par, and it was only a question of if engine suppliers Honda could continue their rapid progression from last year.

“I have faith in Milton Keynes, in their aerodynamics and how they operate as a team,” he said in reference to the Adrian Newey-led outfit. “It’s just a question of whether Honda will be able to take on Mercedes for an entire season. They [Mercedes] probably still have a bit more power, then you can also drive with more downforce and just make your life a little easier.”