Sir Jackie Stewart has shared his thoughts on who he would like to see win the F1 world championship this season.
The former racer believes it is time for a changing of the guard in the sport and has tipped Max Vertsappen to win the title.
The Dutchman opened up a 19-point lead over defending champion Lewis Hamilton after winning his ninth race of the season at the Mexican GP this past weekend.
With four races remaining in an entertaining season, the racing legend thinks a new champion would not only be great for the sport, but would provide the seven-time champion with a new challenge moving forward.
Stewart said: "I think Verstappen is going to win it. I think the Red Bull now is going, the Honda is obviously good, very good, the team knows how to win.
"Mercedes-Benz has been doing this for so many years now and has been successful for so many years.
"It is time we had a change. For all of our viewers and everybody else, we need a change. It will only be a bigger challenge for Lewis to overtake again."
Despite a Mercedes lockout, Verstappen passed both of the Silver Arrows on the first lap of the race, and from there it was one-way traffic for the Red Bull driver.
Team principal Toto Wolff says he is refusing to give up hope about overturning the deficit to Red Bull.
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He said: "I'm a pretty realistic person, but I love motor racing, because anything can happen.
"None of us are ever going to leave this circuit with the mentality of this is going away from us.
"There's four races to go, there's four wins to take, four DNFs to suffer. And we will just continue fighting.”
He added: "We know we have a great team. Our car was exceptionally good in Turkey. And I think we have all to win.
"But when you look at the mathematical probability, obviously I'd rather be 19 points ahead than behind. But it is what it is."
Despite the result, Hamilton remains very much within striking distance with four races to go, but will not want to leave himself with too much work to do heading into what looks increasingly likely to be a title-deciding final Grand Prix of 2021 in Abu Dhabi next month.
After the race, though, he was clear in his intentions and issued a rallying cry for his Mercedes colleagues to give everything they have left for the next month.
"I left it all out there and sometimes that is not enough," Hamilton said. "We pick ourselves up, dig deeper than we have before and keep on fighting."
F1 travels to Brazil this weekend before heading to the first ever Qatar GP on November 21.
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