“I think he’s in the top tier,” he said on Sky Sports F1. “The very top tier is Lewis, Max and then there’s a very close collection of drivers who are very, very good.
“He is one that you’d look at say ok, in a right opportunity and a right situation, he’s a championship winner without any question. Grand prix winner, yeah, I know he hasn’t done one yet but he’s going to isn’t he? They just need to give him a bit more speed on that McLaren.”
The Brit could finish fourth in the drivers’ championship with a good race in the Abu Dhabi finale but he needs to gain six points over the Spanish duo of Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso to achieve the feat.
There are just 98 days before lights out for the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix, where McLaren will be hoping that they can produce a faster car and challenge for their first title since 2012.
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