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Will Max Verstappen provide a genuine title challeneg next year?.

Max Verstappen responds to Lewis Hamilton saying he's one to watch

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For anyone who has not tuned into Formula One news or social media generally, Lewis Hamilton has claimed his fourth World Championship with two races to spare.

The most successful driver in British history has also made his intentions for the future clear, he wants to stay with Mercedes, with a deal reportedly close to being finalised.

For the natural winner, the 2017 title is in the bag, but for Hamilton, the main focus will be that of 2018.

The 2018 season promises serious competition for the Brit, who has rising star Max Verstappen nibbling at his heels.

The Belgian-Dutch driver has caught the eye of fans of the sport across the world as he continuously proves he could provide a real challenge to Hamilton over the next few years.

Now, he has had his say on the upcoming season, and what Hamilton needs to do to ensure success next season.

Verstappen was asked what he makes of Hamilton's comments, when he said he needed to up his game because of the emerging Red Bull star.

In response, Verstappen said: "Well, he has to. Absolutely. That’s nothing bad against Lewis, but when you win three, four world titles, your sharpness kind of disappears.

"So I think at one point if you have a real challenge again from someone, you have to raise your game. Because you’re not really used to fighting it out every single race for victories or podiums, which I’ve been doing for the last three years.

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"I’ve never been in his position, so I’m really determined to get there. I’m really fired up to achieve that."

Fighting talk from the youngster, who also had his say regarding the new cockpit halo that is to be introduced in 2018.

He let his strong feelings known, as he remarked: "I’m really against it. I don’t think it’s Formula 1. Of course, I understand the safety aspect of it, but at the end of the day, there are a lot of sports where it’s a dangerous game"

Everyone knows that Max Verstappen will be a force in future Formula One seasons, but will he challenge next year?

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