“I think Charles is one of the strongest drivers on the grid.
“Ferrari has the people it needs to win races, now all they need to do in Maranello is build a car to get the job done.
“Putting the world champions, Mercedes, in danger is a challenge for all of the others.
“Like Red Bull, Ferrari must position itself to make life difficult for them.”
Hamilton’s new contract ended speculation over his short-term future in F1 and reaffirmed the desire to overtake Schumacher.