- Lewis Hamilton, Formula One’s racing rock star who is a master of all conditions, has the edge over championship-leader Sebastian Vettel and remains favourite for this year’s title, according to former star Mark Webber. Australian Webber, now 40, knows Vettel as a racer and a team-mate after their strained but glorious years together at Red Bull. He believes the battle of the two multiple champions will be the centre-piece of the 2017 season. “The CVs are getting similar aren’t they? That can re-fire the candle for Seb,” Webber told AFP. “And don’t forget, Lewis can sometimes be a bit off it, not feeling quite right on a Friday. “But ultimately, I think Lewis has more outright skill than Sebastian. He’s so good, so very, very good, in the rain and in all conditions.