Sir Lewis Hamilton has had a stellar start to the 2021 F1 season, taking three victories in four races so far as he fights with Max Verstappen for the drivers' championship.
Verstappen and Red Bull have improved significantly this year and are much more competitive against the Mercedes cars than they have been in prior years, but Hamilton has proved his class repeatedly to stand on top the drivers' points table.
Fans are hoping for a season-long title fight between the two drivers, but former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone told Blick that he thinks Verstappen has no hope against the seven-time champion.
"Now this sport has two drivers on the same level again, like it used to be with (Ayrton) Senna and (Alain) Prost," he said.
"But unfortunately I have to take away the titles hopes for 2021 from the supporters of this great fighter from the Netherlands: Hamilton is currently driving better than ever. And that's thanks also to Verstappen.
"Lewis is clear-cut, flawless, calm and clever. He doesn't get involved in any hot duels and always respectfully gives opponents the space they need."
Ecclestone added that Hamilton's changed mindset from his younger days had also made him a better driver.
"All of this makes him even stronger in the cockpit. Verstappen may be on a par with his driving skills, but Lewis has the better team and more reliable machinery behind him," he said.
"And he can always rely on these two factors."