15:52 – Double World Champion Mika Häkkinen believes the level of talent present in Formula 1 is “among the best it has ever been”, citing the strength in depth of the current grid.

Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to join his rival on four titles, as Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo all won races in 2017.

Experienced champions Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso were also present, while highly-rated youngsters, such as Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Ocon, were afforded full-time chances.

“Lewis’ achievement in winning four World Championship titles is impressive, and you can see that he has kept the hunger alive, that is critical,” Häkkinen wrote in his Unibet blog, reflecting on 2017.

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