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Max Verstappen ready for title fight, say Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-12-31 18:00:42

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel believe Max Verstappen has proved he is ready to challenge for the title in 2019, so long as the Red Bull-Honda package delivers.

Verstappen finished fourth in the standings in F1 2018, his fourth F1 season, but largely overdelivered in the Renault-powered Red Bull and was only outscored by eventual world champion Hamilton in the second half of the campaign.

Red Bull are expecting an improved performance from their Honda engines in 2019, and multi-world champions Hamilton and Vettel are braced for a challenge from the 21-year-old Verstappen.

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"Max has been driving very well throughout the year and has shown his consistency and has been up here many, many times with us," said Hamilton.

"So if his team does the job and delivers a platform with which he can compete even closer with us, then of course he'll be in the fight."

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