Davidson says Hamilton is “the only one that can take this fight to Max”

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Mercedes’ simulator driver Anthony Davidson says Lewis Hamilton is “the only person I can see that can mount a serious challenge” to Max Verstappen.

There’s no doubt that Max Verstappen has completely dominated the 2022 season. Unfortunately, Mercedes was not able to produce a car which can seriously compete with the dominant Red Bull, so Lewis Hamilton was not able to continue his on-track rivalry with the young Dutchman.

However, Anthony Davidson believes Lewis is still the only one who can seriously challenge Verstappen.

“The only person I can see that can mount a serious challenge is Lewis Hamilton,” the Briton said.

“[There’s] a handful of names who in my opinion have been the greatest of all time and they only come along once in a while.

“Then it’s great to see that next one come along and they set the benchmark and as one athlete becomes older, the next one comes along.

“But it’s never a given and I don’t know who the next Max Verstappen will be that comes along one day to bring the fight to him.

“But Lewis at the moment, he’s definitely still good enough without question and he’s the only one that can take this fight to Max.

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“The problem is, as an older athlete, you start to lose a bit of performance. That hasn’t happened yet with Lewis, but at some point it’s inevitable and that’s the advantage Max has.”

Davidson then explained how Formula 1 has seen a generational change many times in the past.

“It’s a generational thing. I’ve seen this many times in the past in Formula 1. I’ve seen the likes of Ayrton Senna come along, who replaced Alain Prost in that bid to see who was the best driver.

“Then we saw Michael Schumacher come along. He supersedes Senna and Senna got older and Lewis came along, supersedes Schumacher and now Verstappen comes along.

“It’s not really a fair fight in many ways because Verstappen is 25 years old, almost 10 years younger than Lewis. That’s a generational thing.

“It’s cyclical, and it’s great to see a new talent come along because it doesn’t happen very often,” Davidson concluded.

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