Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed who he believes are his three biggest rivals in Formula 1. The Briton wrapped up his fourth title in 2017 after a battle with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Speaking about his three biggest competitors, he admitted that the German was one.
Former teammate Fernando Alonso was another name that Hamilton mentioned. Alonso and Hamilton endured a tense relationship in 2007, when the two were paired together at McLaren. Hamilton also believes that Dutchman Max Verstappen is a serious threat.
With McLaren taking on Renault engines in 2018, Hamilton hopes that Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren are thrown into a title fight: “We’re the four strongest drivers. I really hope we are all in the fight next year. It would be friggin’ amazing.”
The 33-year-old also gave an insight on how to handle each of them: “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 [him] 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 [too].”
Verstappen made his F1 debut in 2015 and instantly laid down his mark, showcasing impressive speed and racecraft. Hamilton believes that as Verstappen gains more experience, he will become more of a threat to fellow F1 drivers.
“He’s doing wonderful things, but he is going to grow so much over the next 10 years,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a problem, it’ll just be freaking tough [to beat him]. Wouldn’t that be a fight? Even I’d pay to see that.”

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