Hill: Hamilton can win second F1 title this year
12 March 2014 – Damon Hill is backing Lewis Hamilton to secure his second Formula 1 Drivers' title this season, although he has warned the Mercedes man not to underestimate his team-mate, Nico Rosberg.
"Lewis will have a massive spring in his step [this year] because while his decision to change from McLaren to Mercedes already seemed like a good move, this year it will look like a masterstroke," Hill told British tabloid newspaper, The Daily Mail. "The indications are there that Mercedes are favourites, but I would warn Lewis not to underestimate Nico."
Speaking ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 season-opener in Australia, Hill also added that he would not write off Sebastian Vettel either, even if Red Bull struggled massively in pre-season testing.
"The surprise package this season may [actually] be Red Bull," continued the 1996 F1 World Champion. "The surprise is that they appear to be down and out at the moment but I am sure they are not. I think they will struggle to catch up, but would I rule Vettel out of the title? No. Definitely not."