Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton has said that he is “excited” about having future battles with the young drivers currently in Formula 1.
This season, three drivers all under the age of 25 made their debut in the series (Alex Albon, Lando Norris and George Russell), and at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton was the only driver on the podium aged over 25.
During the course of the Grand Prix, Hamilton had battles with Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly and Albon, and the six time world champion stated that he really enjoyed the battles with the new generation and that he is “excited” for the future.
Hamilton was the youngest driver to enter Formula 1 when he made his debut in 2007 at the age of 22, but that record has now been surpassed by Max Verstappen, who made his debut at 17 years and 3 days.
But, despite being an elder statesman of the F1 grid, Hamilton has said that he can still give them a good run for their money.
“It’s inevitable that the youngsters are going to come through.” commented Hamilton.
“There’s often a wave of young talent that manages to make its way through to Formula One and as I said, I think Formula One’s got a lot of new young blood with a lot of potential and they really are the future of the sport.
“I think fortunately I feel that whilst the number shows a little bit higher, I feel like I’m able to still kick it with these guys and so I’m excited for the future racing with these guys,”
Although Hamilton enjoys racing against young drivers, such as Verstappen and Leclerc, he is yet to encounter a season long battle with anyone other than his team-mate Valtteri Bottas or Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
But, with the introduction of new regulations from 2021, Hamilton hopes that the field will tighten up and provide great battles more often, and with more drivers.
“If we can get these teams to be closer then we’re going to see more awesome battles like today and I think that would be great.”