Bernie Ecclestone predicts how Max Verstappen would fare with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes

Bernie Ecclestone believes Max Verstappen would stand a great chance of getting the better of Lewis Hamilton if they both drove for Mercedes. Verstappen is the leading light of the next generation of drivers and is one day expected to get his hands on the F1 title.

Hamilton stands in his way of achieving glory at the moment, though, with the Mercedes man enjoying a sustained reign as the king of F1.

The 35-year-old has won the past three World Drivers’ Championship titles to take his personal tally to six, one adrift of Michael Schumacher’s record haul.

Hamilton and Mercedes are expected to do the business again over the course of the 2020 F1 season, with Verstappen and Red Bull chasing them.

Ecclestone, however, does not think there is much between Verstappen and Hamilton – or even Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.


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The former F1 supremo says Verstappen would cope just fine if he was to race alongside Hamilton for the Silver Arrows and might get the better of him.

“You would automatically say Lewis,” Ecclestone told AutoCar, when asked who the best driver on the current grid is. “But are there other guys who would do a job as good as or better than him in the same team? Probably yes.

“Max Verstappen, a hundred per cent. Certainly Sebastian Vettel, although he has he gone off a little bit. All these guys are as good as the support they get.”

Mercedes have been the dominant force during Verstappen’s time in F1, with the past six drivers’ and constructors’ titles respectively going their way.

Ecclestone reckons Hamilton has made the most of the team behind him to achieve the immense success he’s enjoyed.


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“Lewis has got the maximum support,” Ecclestone said. “There’s not one thing missing from what he’s got behind him.”

The chances of Verstappen and Hamilton one day forming dream team at Mercedes appeared to take a hit over the winter when the Dutchman signed a new long-term contract with Red Bull.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, though, suggested he would not expect to face any real difficulties if he made a move for Verstappen or fellow young gun Charles Leclerc.

“Looking at Max and Charles, these guys will always try to be in the fastest cars and contracts are contracts,” Wolff said.

“Therefore I see our duty is providing a car and producing the car that is the quietest and we will not run out of talent who will be keen and eager to drive these cars.”

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