Lewis Hamilton is in the middle of a very competitive F1 season, one where he hasn’t really found his groove until now but still leads the pack by 14 points.
Initially it was envisioned that this year’s championship would largely be a two-horsed race, with both Vettel and Hamilton vying for the title, but with Ricciardo winning two races, the field has opened up for a third horse to enter the race.
For the constructor’s championship as well, Red Bull could give Ferrari and Mercedes a run for their money, if Verstappen can mend his ways.
Hamilton believes that Ferrari seem the strongest out of the three contenders. He also went onto say that Vettel is probably the favourite to win the title at the moment.
“It’s definitely a three-way fight and Ferrari, I think, are still the strongest,” Hamilton said.
“Their car was quick in Monaco, their car was working quite well through the whole season so far and they have dropped the ball a few times and we’ve capitalised on that.
“So we are further ahead than we would be if everyone had done the same job, if you know what I mean. But I still feel that they’re the strongest and Sebastian has been doing the strongest job. But it is a three-way battle.” he added.
And with that Red Bull update coming in Canada, Hamilton feels that Red Bull will be a significant threat in the races to come.
“I think Red Bull potentially have got an upgrade coming at some stage, engine-wise I think at the next race, so it will be interesting to see their performance and they will continue to get stronger through the year. So hopefully, while maybe the race was not the most exciting, it’s great for the fans to see this battle that we have.
“I’m telling you, we’re doing everything we can to win the race and then the Red Bulls win it and then the Ferraris win it and then we win. It’s great to have that. I personally love it and it’s challenging me more than I can express. It’s the biggest challenge that I’ve had with my boys, but I’m loving that challenge.
“I’m loving having to dig super deep in my technical knowledge and learning more and how I can communicate, how I can really pick the right set-up and get it right for the weekend – all these different things. I’m enjoying that.” Hamilton concluded.