Mansell: Hamilton can bounce back at any time
26 June 2014 – Former World Champion Nigel Mansell is certain that Lewis Hamilton has what it takes to overturn the deficit to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in this year's title race, despite falling further behind in Austria.
After an engine-related retirement at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, ultimately won by Rosberg, Hamilton went on to claim four successive race victories and take control of the championship battle.
But second place finishes in Monaco and Austria, dotted around another retirement in Canada, have seen him lose significant ground to Rosberg, with 29 points separating the pair ahead the British Grand Prix.
However, fellow Briton and 1992 title winner Mansell reckons Hamilton has plenty of time to bring himself back into contention, alluding to the fact that there are still 11 races to run and 275 points up for grabs.
"Between the Mercedes drivers, they're obviously going to be one and two in the World Championship. Who's going to win it, who's going to be the second?" Mansell pondered during an interview with Sky Sports.
"The favourite at the moment is Nico, but Lewis can bounce back at any time and there's plenty of races left – and reliability and lady luck are going to play a part."
Mansell also took the opportunity to praise Mercedes for allowing both drivers to race, an approach that was first highlighted at the Bahrain Grand Prix when Rosberg and Hamilton went wheel-to-wheel for the victory.
"You've got to take your hat off to the Mercedes team as a whole and the manufacturer because they are giving the drivers equal equipment, they are giving the sport's fans and Formula 1 what they want – which is outright racing," Mansell explained.
"Both Nico and Lewis are gung-ho with their racing and racing like crazy together. It's fantastic for them, fantastic for the sport. Mercedes don't have to do that and so all credit to Mercedes for how they're dealing with this situation and long may it continue."