Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes that Formula 1 is in "great shape" at the moment, thanks to the rise of the latest generation of young drivers who are starting to make their mark felt in the sport.
Red Bull have got Max Verstappen under contract for at least another two seasons, with recent comments from Helmut Marko revealing that talks are underway to extend his contract further.
The Dutch driver was, understandably, Horner's first choice when he was quizzed about F1's new breed of young talent.
Leclerc, Russell, Norris and Sainz are on Horner's radar
Asked to pick out the drivers he believes represent the next generation, Horner named a few drivers alongside his own.
"Well, I think Formula 1 is in great shape at the moment because there's so many exciting young drivers," Horner told India's World Is One News.
"Max, of course, is only 24, but he's got a whole generation around him, like Charles Leclerc, George Russell in the Mercedes this year, you have Lando Norris that looks exciting, [there's] Carlos Sainz.
"There's many drivers, that are of a similar age, that are going to be there for the next 10 years or so.
"I think that's great for the sport, it's great for the competition and it's going to be exciting to see how it pans out."
Horner expecting Verstappen to continue his ascent
With Verstappen locked in place at Red Bull for some time to come, Horner said the newly-crowned World Champion is still on an upward curve.
Asked what makes Verstappen so formidable, Horner explained that his driver will never sit back and always attempts to improve his position on track.
"I think it's his hunger, it's his determination, it's his natural ability," he commented.
"But the fact that he never gives up... He's a fighter, he will never let go of any opportunity, and that's what marks him out as an exciting driver – a great driver.
"You know if you've got Max behind you, he's going to have a go. I think that's why he's got such a big following in F1, [one] that we see continuing to grow."
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