Max Verstappen will be Lewis Hamilton’s ‘main competitor’ this season, says Jenson Button

Max Verstappen (left) and F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton (Getty Images)

Max Verstappen (left) and F1 world champ Lewis Hamilton (Getty Images)

Max Verstappen is set to be Lewis Hamilton’s primary competitor in the upcoming Solution One season, according to previous world champ Jenson Button.

Mercedes’ Hamilton last season climaxed for many profession race wins en path to connecting Michael Schumacher’s record for many motorists’ champions (7).

Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas completed second in the standings, with Red Bull’s Verstappen third.

However Verstappen is most likely to come closest to dismissing Hamilton this year, 2009 champ Button stated ahead of this weekend’s season-opener in Bahrain.

“[Hamilton] is gonna have some competition, which I’m sure he wants,” Button informed Sky Sports.

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“He’s got his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who has been relatively competitive. But when you have another team of drivers that are fighting you for the championship, I think it makes it that a little bit more exciting.

“So, Max Verstappen I think, is his main competitor in 2021.”

Mercedes sustained some hard days throughout pre-season screening ahead of the race in Bahrain, where they will want to start another effective project in which they might protect their 8th straight manufacturers’ champion.

“I’m really looking forward to [Hamilton’s] first race this weekend,” Button stated. I think he is a title favourite and Mercedes are, because they’ve won the last seven championships and every year we’ve had a hybrid engine, they’ve won.

“So, they have the experience, but Red Bull also. Red Bull has won four championships back-to-back to back-to-back. I think those two teams going at it is really, really exciting.

“It’s great for F1, it’s great for all the fans watching. And even if you are a Lewis fan, you still want him to have that competition. But I still think he has a very good chance of getting that eighth title and being the most successful driver in F1 history.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.