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Hamilton heaps praise on Verstappen but also fires warning

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is a star for a future, or at least that’s what reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton believes.

Verstappen, 20, has enjoyed a successful start to his racing career after being handed his F1 debut back in 2015.

While he has not really challenged for the title yet, he already holds the records as the youngest-ever F1 driver and winner of an F1 race.

Last season, however, both Verstappen and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo were well off the pace as Hamilton won the championship with two races to spare over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

The Brit believes Verstappen will be winning world titles in the coming years.

“He has definitely got the potential to be a world champion,” he told Sky Sports.

“We’ve all seen that. That’s why he’s got a great following.

“We’ve seen the way he drives and he’s got great potential as a driver.

“He’s in a great team and he’s in the perfect place to continue growing.

“He’s already had a good few seasons under his belt – I still hadn’t even had my first season under my belt at 21, so he’s already further ahead than me and a lot of the drivers.

While there was no doubting his praise, Hamilton did warn Verstappen that he would do his level best to ensure that the Dutchman did not win any titles till he was still racing.

“But whilst I’m here I’m going to be doing everything I can to stop him from winning,” he added.

“I’m sure people won’t particularly love that, but that’s what we’re here to do.

“We’re here to battle and I’m looking forward to having some really positive battles with him – hopefully this year.”

The 2018 F1 season gets underway in Australia on March 25.

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