Mansell: Hamilton can win British Grand Prix
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 terric 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 signicant 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.”