It seems wherever Lewis Hamilton goes, success follows. He is to Formula 1 what Jeff Gordon is to NASCAR. He came in as a young star and has since established himself as one of the best racers of this generation.
Hamilton won his fourth F1 championship last season, and you better believe he's on a drive for five in 2018.
While Hamilton is ready to pursue a fifth championship, he's also looking at his biggest competition for this coming season.
In an interview with Sky Sports, the Brit appeared to indicate he would relish a fierce fight for the title against Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.
The Mercedes driver went level with Vettel on four World Drivers’ Championships this season after securing an unassailable lead in the standings with two races to go, and in 2018 he’ll be looking to equal Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio on five titles.
Hamilton is likely to be rivaled by Vettel once again with Ferrari hoping to end a wait for glory which stretches back to Kimi Raikkonen’s success in 2007.
The 32-year-old remains hopeful another former champion can offer him a challenge too if McLaren get their act together too though.
"I'm hoping McLaren with the new engine on board can hopefully rise from the drought and come back into a positive light and be the great team they are," Hamilton said.
"Myself, Sebastian and Fernando... that's what's on the top of my mind."
Hamilton ended the 2017 campaign a hefty 46 points ahead of Vettel.
His and Valtteri Bottas’ performances also brought home the Constructors’ Championship for Mercedes too.
Their title defenses begin at the Australian Grand Prix in March.
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