Mansell: Hamil­ton can win Bri­tish Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamil­ton will win the Bri­tish Grand Prix and the world cham­pi­onship, ac­cord­ing to Nigel Mansell. Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to F1 Rac­ing, the 1992 world cham­pion – and pop­u­lar Bri­tish Grand Prix win­ner said: “Lewis will do a terric job this year.

“I al­ways felt I had more speed at my home grand prix. I used to psych out my com­peti­tors and ev­ery­body then be­lieved I was al­ways go­ing to be sen­sa­tion­ally quick – and some­times I was sen­sa­tion­ally quick.”

Mansell also be­lieves that Lewis will get the up­per hand over team­mate Nico Ros­berg, as in­tra-team re­la­tions have grown ever more fraught over re­cent grands prix.

“Nico is Lewis’s equal if he has the same op­por­tu­nity, but I think it will take some­thing signicant to stop Lewis pulling it off,” said Mansell. “Quite rightly he should grow in stature now and it’s never easy – he’ll make it look easy, but that’s be­cause he’s the best.

The 1992 world cham­pion tips Lewis for suc­cess at Sil­ver­stone – and reck­ons it’s time com­pa­triot Max Chilton changed teams

“You can never win in a bad car, but what you can do is demon­strate just how good you are in a good car. Both Lewis and Nico will demon­strate that the Mercedes is the class of the field as the Red Bull has been for the past four years.”

Look­ing at the other home talent, and as a driver who was him­self de­rided by some dur­ing the early stages of his ca­reer, Mansell has some sym­pa­thy for Max Chilton’s sit­u­a­tion – but his pre­scrip­tion is rather bru­tal:

“I think that with the amount of spon­sors he’s bring­ing he should go and get a bet­ter car. It’s as sim­ple as that, noth­ing against the team. I don’t know how much he’s pay­ing for the drive, but he’s not the only one – there’s lots of people pay­ing for their drives so let’s un­der­stand that. But if you are, it’s far bet­ter to get an older team, with a quicker car and more ex­pe­ri­ence and hang on in there. All he can do is a good job against his team-mate.”

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