Lewis Hamilton, Christian Horner brand Sebastian Vettel 2018 favourite

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he is not the favourite for the 2018 title.

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is not the favourite for the 2018 title.

The Mercedes driver took the championship lead from Sebastian Vettel two weeks ago in Baku, but he insists that the Ferrari is actually the better car.

"For now the car is much more difficult to setup and drive," Hamilton is quoted as saying by France's Auto Hebdo.

"It's not a car that you just put on the track and it works, like the Ferrari."

Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko agrees with Hamilton that Vettel is the 2018 favourite - as does Christian Horner.

Like Marko, Red Bull boss Christian Horner was central to Vettel's development, with the energy drink marque having taken the German to his four titles.

"We are seeing an extremely mature Vettel," Horner told Auto Bild.

"We saw it with how he dealt with Max [Verstappen]. I think he saw the young Sebastian in front of him in China, because in his early years Seb was not flawless.

"But even more than that, Seb sees now that he has a car that's on par with the Mercedes. That means he can win on his own without driving and acting like hell.

"That's probably why it's easier for him to deal with defeats."

Next up on the calendar is the Spanish Grand Prix this Sunday.

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