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Lewis Hamilton names the teams he expects to challenge him in 2018 Formula One season

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Lewis Hamilton is riding high at the top of Formula One right now.

The Mercedes driver pulled level with Alain Prost and rival Sebastian Vettel last year with his fourth world title as he firmly established himself as one of the greats.

At 33-years-old, Hamilton still has the potential to rack up further titles and it he'll surely have Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles in the back of his mind.

However, Hamilton's success, along with Nico Rosberg's 2016 victory, has led to a four-year dominance of Mercedes - and one that some are afraid may continue.

It's worth noting that before that came four consecutive wins by Red Bull, although that was by one driver, Vettel, whereas Mercedes' appear to offer true team dominance.

Valtteri Bottas joined the team a year ago and enjoyed a 2017 season that saw him record his first poles and wins of his career as he finished in a personal-best 3rd place.

Hamilton has been quick to deny claims that Mercedes' winning streak is set to continue indefinitely, though, saying: "Of course, the ultimate goal is that we hopefully have more teams fighting for the championship."

It's obviously easy for a four-time world champion to say - especially when he's going into a season as the favourite. Still, Hamilton explains where he's coming from.

"I think there was one year where had six different winners in the first six races, or whatever it was," he said. "That’s only good for the sport. The more competition there is, the more fun it is to watch.

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"Like you, I have grown up watching the sport, being a fan of it and seeing it when it’s been a one team championship and seeing it when there’s been a couple fighting so I am really hopeful."

And Hamilton believes it's clear which teams can offer him that fight in 2018.

"I think Red Bull could be a real challenge this year," he says. "Their car looks great and I haven’t seen anything from what Ferrari have been doing, but for sure they’ll be good. It’s going to be exciting."

For the good of the F1 season, you have to hope he's right.

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Topics:
Formula 1
Mercedes
Nico Rosberg
Ferrari
Max Verstappen
Valterri Bottas
Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton

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