According to former F1 champion Alain Prost, Lewis Hamilton’s “most dangerous rivals” are Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. The F1 legend currently acts as a key advisor for the works Renault team.
When he spoke to Le Parisien, Prost said. “The most complete driver right now is Hamilton, because he has experience and is with a strong team.”
“But Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have excellent prospects. They are the most dangerous rivals for Lewis.”
Many believe that Verstappen will pose the biggest challenge to Lewis Hamilton in the 2020 season. However, Prost did have some reservations about that notion.
The 4-time world champion suggested that Verstappen needs to stay calm and maintain his composure in certain moments. Though he did admit that once Verstappen has it under control, as well as a good car under him, he is unstoppable.
What else did Alain Prost speak about?
The Frenchman even opened up about Renault newcomer, Mercedes-backed compatriot Esteban Ocon. Prost acknowledged Ocon’s unintentional sabbatical, though he noted that it was a good experience. The former McLaren and Ferrari driver believes that this experience will have helped his maturity develop further.
“Many French drivers are in a similar situation to him. There is more and more money in the world, but not here (in France),” added Prost.
On the subject of the Renault Sport Formula One team, it will launch its 2020 car on February 12. However, the team clarified that the new car will not be “physically present” at the event. Normally, a show car is put on display, but a spokesman indicated otherwise.
What will likely happen is that the livery may be displayed on the 2019 car, while the 2020 beast will debut later on. This will possibly take place when testing begins on the 19th of February.