“I think Lewis at the end of this year will be better than everybody,” he explained.
“I have to say that Lewis is on a level with Prost, Senna and Schumacher. And I think he is about to pass them, until Max gets himself sorted.
“Then once Max gets on a roll, he will be exactly the same. I don’t think Red Bull are far away. They are extremely close. And I think they haven’t really been that lucky this year.
“We saw the DNFs of Max and a few little issues, you know. [Alex] Albon finished third last race. I do believe that the engine, the Honda engine, has the equal or will be the equal very soon of the Mercedes.
“So as I said to Adrian, Adrian Newey: ‘You have to make a better car, because if you perform like I know that Max can perform, then it is a world championship there for you to have with Red Bull’.”