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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing look on in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix

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ByReuters
12/11/2019 at 14:48 | Updated 12/11/2019 at 14:55

Lewis Hamilton's domination of Formula One is "getting a bit boring" and the time is fast approaching for the younger generation to take over at the top, says Red Bull youngster Max Verstappen.

The Dutch driver hopes he and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, also 22-years-old, will be fighting for the Mercedes driver's throne next year.

"I think it’s good for the sport to have the young guys now coming up and hopefully taking over very soon," Verstappen said ahead of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, the first race since Hamilton clinched his sixth title in Texas.

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"It’s getting a bit boring seeing Lewis win, so we have to try and change that," he added at an event to announce a personal sponsorship with pan-European online used car marketplace CarNext.com.

Verstappen wants to lead the challenge to Hamilton's dominance

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Verstappen has 100 starts and seven wins to his name since becoming the sport's youngest driver and next season he could yet become the youngest champion.

Hamilton, who can equal Michael Schumacher's record seven titles and surpass the great German's 91 wins, will be 35 in January.

"He's getting older ... so for sure it will stop at one point," said Verstappen.

"It’s just going to depend on the team, to be honest. It’s not going to depend on Lewis.

"If Mercedes keeps building really dominant cars, for sure he’s going to win. So we just have to make sure as a team that we can beat them."

Hamilton is now a six-time world champion

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Of his relationship with Hamilton, Verstappen said the Briton was "very special and definitely one of the best drivers ever" and said he had never really had a problem with him.

"We talked on the grid (in Austin). I respect Lewis, of course, but we are also hard racers and sometimes it can be a bit more tough. But we talked and it’s all good."

Verstappen recognised he had made mistakes this year, despite a strong and consistent season, but would not have it any other way.

"Everybody makes mistakes, otherwise it’s better to put a robot in," he said. "It’s good to make mistakes as well, you learn from it."

He said he was happy at Red Bull, despite speculation he might one day replace or join Hamilton at Mercedes.

"I really want to win with Red Bull," he said. "I really feel at home, which I think is also very important for a driver -- that you feel appreciated."

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