Lewis Hamilton finds his World Championship fight against Max Verstappen “much more enjoyable” than the internal conflict of duelling with a team-mate.

This season has marked a change to the last couple of years in that Hamilton has a strong rival to his crown from outside the Mercedes operation as he seeks a record-breaking eighth title.

That is Verstappen, who, going into the British Grand Prix, has built a sizeable 32-point lead over the reigning champion which is beginning to look difficult to peg back.

But due to what he describes as the “confused” nature of Formula 1, Hamilton prefers having the enemy from outside of his camp rather than within it, which was the case with Nico Rosberg when the duo were team-mates and, on a far less intense scale, Valtteri Bottas in the past two seasons.

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