Lewis Hamilton is ‘not ready to hand over his F1 title-winning baton to fierce rival Max Verstappen’, insists Martin Brundle… as he SNUBS Sebastian Vettel while ranking F1’s best drivers

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  • Brundle says Lewis Hamilton not ready to hand Verstappen his F1 title
  • Brundle credits Hamilton’s work ethic for all his achievements
  • He also denounced Sebastian Vettel, claiming he was not among the elite drivers

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Martin Brundle says Lewis Hamilton will not hand over his Formula One title to Max Verstappen without a fight.

Verstappen currently has an eight-point lead with two races to spare, but Hamilton is eager to crown a record eighth.

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Brundle believes it will be difficult for Verstappen to overthrow Hamilton as he says Britain still has ‘the same motivation and work ethic’ that led him to success in the first place.

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Brundle says Lewis Hamilton won’t hand Max Verstappen his F1 title without a fight

When asked whether he thought the Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry was due to a change of guard, Brundle said: ‘I do – but a guard doesn’t want to move?

‘Lewis is 37 in January and he’s got all the glory, all the money. I guess I described it as a trophy warehouse he should have by now – isn’t it a room, or a cabinet?

‘It seems he still has the same motivation and work ethic, work-rate and determination as I have ever seen him.’

Verstappen (left) currently has an eight-point lead with two races to spare, but Hamilton (right) is eager to crown a record eighth

Verstappen (left) currently has an eight-point lead with two races to spare, but Hamilton (right) is eager to crown a record eighth

Brundle believes it will be difficult for Verstappen to overthrow Hamilton as he says Britain still has 'the same motivation and work ethic' that led him to success in the first place.

Brundle believes it will be difficult for Verstappen to overthrow Hamilton as he says Britain still has ‘the same motivation and work ethic’ that led him to success in the first place.

Brundle also turned down Sebastian Vettel, claiming the four-time world champion was not among the elite of Formula 1 drivers.

Brundle declined to name Vettel among his top five drivers, as he has struggled for form since 2018, when he finished second in the world championship behind Hamilton.

‘If you want to be top five on the grid right now, I don’t think Seb will be in it,’ Brundle said.

‘His best is behind him. In wheel-to-wheel combat, he sometimes seems to be missing something. It has been something like this in recent years, it must be said.

‘Then there are races like Hungary where he sees an opportunity to go for it.’

Brundle also rebuked Sebastian Vettel (above), claiming that the four-time world champion was not among the elite of Formula 1 drivers.

Brundle also rebuked Sebastian Vettel (above), claiming that the four-time world champion was not among the elite of Formula 1 drivers.

When asked to reveal his top five, Brundle said: ‘Lewis’ [Hamilton], max [Verstappen], so I would say lando [Norris] And Charles Leclerc,’ said the 62-year-old. ‘Who will be my fifth driver?

‘It could be George’ [Russell], maybe sergio [Perez], I can also go to Carlos Sainz or Fernando [Alonso], In fact.

‘Fernando definitely belongs there now he’s back in top form, but any way I cut it, I don’t include Seb.’

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