Mansell: Hamilton close to perfection in 2014
6 May 2014 – Former World Champion Nigel Mansell believes that Lewis Hamilton has been "close to perfection" so far this season, as the Mercedes driver prepares to battle for his fourth successive victory in Spain.
Although Hamilton failed to finish the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after encountering a cylinder issue, he went on to triumph in Malaysia, Bahrain and China and stake his claim for a second world title.
"He has been close to perfection, just brilliant," Mansell, who won the title with Williams in 1992, told the BBC.
"I think he has been given the freedom to express himself. When you get a few more wins under your belt, you get even more confidence and that gives you another half a second in your pocket.
"It doesn't get any better than knowing you have a good car – it's the most wonderful feeling."
Mansell added that he expects Mercedes to remain a formidable force as the season wears on.
"They are the class act of the field in 2014," he explained. "I don't see them dropping the ball.
"They're not going to be unbeatable during the year, but I think it will be very hard to close the gap because of their superior engine performance. Lewis and Nico [Rosberg] are going to have a tremendous time in 2014."