Hamilton will be aiming to get his quest for a fifth F1 Drivers’ Championship off to a flier when the new season kicks off in Australia next weekend.
The 33-year-old will not have it easy, though, with Ferrari and Red Bull drivers Vettel and Verstappen aiming to shoot him down.
But, ahead of the new season, Lewis Hamilton has warned his rivals that he give his all to further etch his name into the record books.
“Naturally as we get older it gets harder to train and to be at the same fitness level,” he said.
“If you imagine Max, it is easier for him because it was easier for us all to be fit, and not to have a belly when we were younger.
“So, it gets harder but I love that challenge.
“It is a fresh start this year.
“I am on the same level as every driver here, but I want to prove that I am above them and that means I have got to work harder than I have ever worked before.”
Should Hamilton reign supreme again, he will match Juan Manuel Fangio’s title haul.
Fangio and Michael Schumacher are the only two drivers to sit above Hamilton’s own tally on trophies.
Meanwhile, Vettel has insisted he is unconcerned about Mercedes and Red Bulls’ test pace.
“Our competitors – Mercedes and Red Bull – used one type of tyre for their race distance simulations, which is something you can’t do in a grand prix,” said Vettel.
“This has an impact on the strategies and ultimately on the result.”
Source : EXPRESS