Four-time world champion Alain Prost believes Sebastian Vettel will equal his own tally of championships with a fourth successive victory in the title race this season.
“Although I hope he doesn’t have a start to the season like he did two years ago when he won four or five races in a row,” he added.
“He is still the favorite,” added Prost. “Behind him, it’s hard to say.
“Will losing Lewis Hamilton and having a young driver in his place be destabilizing for McLaren? Mercedes will not be challenging for the title, I don’t think so.
“Alonso could be the most dangerous behind Vettel and why not an outsider like Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen or Romain Grosjean?”
“Red Bull are still there and certainly better than last year at the same time,” said Prost, who won his titles in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993.
“Ferrari are also good. McLaren will be certainly among the top three and Lotus also up there.
“There’s a little question mark over Mercedes, we still don’t know their level. They were a long way away at the end of last season so I don’t see them suddenly returning to the front. But they will be up there at certain tracks.
“It could be a very even field. We’ll see some good races.”
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