The Formula 1 grid has rarely been as rich with driver talent, according to former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali.
"After many years, we are facing a new situation. There have never been so many strong drivers," the now Lamborghini CEO is quoted by Italian radio Rai.
'We don't have scare resources'
The 54-year-old Italian is also president of the FIA's single-seater commission, so he says the depth of talent in Formula 1 "means the chain under F1 is working".
"We have young drivers like Leclerc and Verstappen, and behind them Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz. From a driver point of view, we don't have scarce resources," Domenicali continued.
"It's difficult to make a ranking, but Lewis Hamilton is about to win another title which means he is already on the Olympus of F1.
"Leclerc seems to be twice his age in terms of maturity and Verstappen, although petulant at first, seems to have found a different approach now," he added.
Big things next year
Domenicali was also asked about his former team, and he agrees that Ferrari has achieved "much less than it should have" in 2019.
"Without Bahrain and other races that characterised this season, this end of 2019 would have been different because of how much the car has been developed in recent months," he said.
"I believe they will have a fantastic chance in 2020."
As for Ferrari's current boss, Domenicali says Mattia Binotto is "extraordinary".
"I think he will cope with managing these two strong drivers with a very clear situation that makes it a strength and not a weakness. The team must think clearly without endless discussions," he said.