Lewis Hamilton believes there will be four teams fighting for the world championship next season.
Hamilton is surely on a roll after securing his fourth F1 World Drivers’ Championship a year after missing out behind to his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Ferrari’s Sebestian Vettel was meant to be his closest rival this year but after a fantastic first half, he fell short in the later half, thanks to reliability issues in the second half of the season.
Mercedes’ success made it the first team to defend its championships across a sizeable change in the technical regulations, but Hamilton is confident there is still room for improvement across the winter heading into 2018.
According to him, McLaren, Ferrari & Red Bull can be a threat to Mercedes & will be tough contenders to beat for 2018 Championship.
“McLaren will have Renault engines, then we may see four teams fighting for the championship,” he said.
“Red Bull will be quicker (than this year) and Ferrari will be fast. We can’t stand still. We have to keep moving forwards.”
He also said that “it would be amazing” to have strongest drivers in contention for 2018 & believed McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was one of the four toughest drivers in F1 along with himself, his 2017 title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen
Hamilton, 32, said he was confident for the Mercedes to win the championship & continue as one of the leading teams. He said he arrives at the start of every season believing he can win the title.
“I have the same mindset now for next year,” he said. “When I’m training and preparing for a new season, I firmly believe that we can be contenders for the next championship.
“It may turn out to be not possible, but you have to have that mindset.
“If you go in with expectations of finishing fifth, it’s not going to work. You’ve got to gear yourself up to win.”
Hamilton also revealed that he will move to his home in Colorado for a winter holiday and will start his training for 2018 season.
“I go to the same place in the mountains every year,” he said. “I have my dogs, I’m in the snow, and it’s very quiet and peaceful there.
“I spend most of the day sitting by the fireplace. We go skiing, watch some movies and catch up with some TV series.
Hamilton also opened up on his plans to watch “Games of Thrones”, he revealed that he has never seen an episode before but will look after it during the winter.
“I’ve never even seen any of Game of Thrones. My friends and especially my brother are huge fans, and I think I’m going to get into it in the winter.”
In 2017, Hamilton bagged nine Grand Prix victories in all to take his career tally to 62, second on the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher.
It will be interesting to see how Hamilton will carry on his momentum & if his rivals Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen or team mate Valtteri Bottas will catch him for the title.