Hill backs Hamilton to clinch title

Former champion Damon Hill is confident that Lewis Hamilton has the mental strength to clinch the Formula One championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

His prediction looks a sound one after the young Brit won the Chinese Grand Prix with an assured performance.

Hamilton will be crowned champion if he finishes fifth or higher at the season’s final race – the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 2nd.

Hill, speaking to BBC Sport, said: "The race before (Japan), he showed an impetuosity, (but) he corrected that and drove an impeccable race (in China).

"The last race is a mountain to climb but he has understood the discipline he needs to see him through."

The 23-year-old McLaren man might need all his new-found discipline to ensure that his main rival, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, doesn’t thwart his title dream.

Massa had to rely on the charity of Kimi Raikkonen to finish in second place in the Chinese Grand Prix after the Finn eased up on lap 49 to deliberately let his team mate over-take.

Hamilton will not only be racing against Massa’s home crowd in Brazil but will be racing against himself and the memory of how the F1 crown was snatched from him at last year’s race.

Written by James Christie


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