Lando Norris has shown promise in his rookie season at McLaren, while George Russell could be a future team-mate for Hamilton, having earned plaudits for his debut season in F1, despite looking likely to go scoreless across the year at a dismal Williams team.
Having largely seen off all-comers in his decade-plus in Formula 1, the six-time world champion is looking forward to tackling new faces in the years to come.
"It's inevitable that the youngsters are going to come through," Hamilton said.
"There's often a wave of young talent that manages to make its way through to Formula 1 and as I said, I think Formula 1's got a lot of new young blood with a lot of potential and they really are the future of the sport.
"And as I said, I think fortunately I feel that whilst the number shows a little bit higher, I feel like I'm able to still kick it with these guys and so I'm excited for the future racing with these guys.
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