Max Verstappen says the majority of the drivers in Formula 1 would become world champion in a Mercedes.
However, the 22-year-old Red Bull-Honda driver, who is targeting the title for 2020, insists that his claim is not a jibe at six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.
"I am just confident to say that it would have been the same for me if I had been in that car," Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.
"60 percent of the drivers in the field would become world champion in a Mercedes. It just depends on the car.
"He is definitely very good and is one of the best Formula 1 drivers of all time," the Dutchman added. "But you can beat him."
When asked to name some of the remaining 40 percent who wouldn't win even with a Mercedes, though, Verstappen smiled: "I'm not going to say that."
"I think Lewis has been doing an incredible job, but so have Mercedes," he said.
"You can't be world champion if you don't have a good car."
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