Date: 11th April 2017 at 5:54am
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After three years of competing almost solely against his Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton is delighted he now has a battle with both Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari.

Whilst the inter-team battle with Nico Rosberg was fierce within the team and gripping for the spectators, it never seemed to really excite Hamilton.

The three-time Formula One World Champion was always frustrated that the battle was very rarely a clean battle as information was shared between the team and opposing tyre strategy was never allowed by the German manufacturer.

But now Hamilton is going head to head with four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari.

Prior to the Grand Prix in China, Hamilton said in an interview with The Guardian as quoted by Sky Sports: ‘When you are competing against your team-mate your cards are always in view,’

‘When you are racing against another team you are just trying to be at your best all the time up against an unknown. It is like doing a maths test; if you have the cheat list already you are not learning and not challenging yourself.

‘But if you are trying to learn it and really figure out a way to make it work for yourself that is how you can discover how far you can go and how good you can get with it. And that is why I love the challenge of racing against another team.’

And following the race victory in China, the Brit’s views were no different telling Sky Sports: ‘It’s going to be one of the closest, if not the closest, fights I’ve experienced.’

What’s also nice to see is the two drivers taking the battle to each other but enjoying the competitive spirit.

How long that will last? Who can tell? ‘There’s no bromance but we have a hugely respectful competitiveness, I’m really looking forward to more battles with him.’ Hamilton said.