Verstappen & Leclerc will be F1's new Hamilton & Vettel

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Max Verstappen believes the likely rivalry that will emerge with Charles Leclerc could eventually reach the same level as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

There's no doubting that the pair of 21-year-old's are the future of Formula 1 when the current top two call time on their careers, of course providing Red Bull and Ferrari remain competitive.

The first chapters between the Dutchman and the Monegasque are likely to be written next year too when Leclerc makes his move up to the Scuderia, and Verstappen has no doubts he will be competitive right away.

"Whether Leclerc has a chance at the world title depends on his car and the equipment," Max reportedly told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "If it's good enough, he certainly has a chance.

"Age is not very important, if you have a good car you can always fight for it. If I had a competitive car in my first year, I would have been able to compete directly for the championship."

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Looking forward, while names like Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris, George Russell, Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz to name a few will look to make their mark, Verstappen does think it'll be he and Charles that lead the way.

"I imagine we will be like Hamilton and Vettel in the future because at some point the old generation will disappear," he stated.