Lew can still snatch ti­tle, says Stir­ling

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SIR STIR­LING MOSS be­lieves Lewis Hamil­ton now has an out­side chance of win­ning this year’s For­mula One world ti­tle.

Hamil­ton’s tri­umph in Sun­day’s Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix was not only his first for Mercedes but also the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer’s first with a Brit at the wheel since Moss won the 1955 Bri­tish Grand Prix.

Go­ing into F1’s sum­mer break, Hamil­ton (above) now trails cham­pi­onship leader Se­bas­tian Vet­tel by 48 points with nine races re­main­ing.

As­sess­ing Hamil­ton’s hopes of a sec­ond crown, Moss (be­low) said: “Cer­tainly it’s pos­si­ble, but I reckon it’s an out­side chance.

“Vet­tel and his Red Bull team are so good. But Lewis’s drive on Sun­day was ter­rific, fan­tas­tic, re­ally good.

“He de­cided to have a go from the start and drove a good race.

“And it wasn’t just on Sun­day, be­cause he got pole po­si­tion on Satur­day too.

“There’s no doubt the team is the equal of any other. Lewis is a re­ally ex­cit­ing driver and a late braker – and I think the re­sult will give him a great kick-off.

“So if they can keep up the speed and do the same sort of thing, then he’s got a good chance.”

Moss, 83, a four­times F1 cham­pi­onship run­ner-up, in­clud­ing in 1955 with Mercedes, be­lieves the work of the team be­hind boss Ross Brawn is out­stand­ing.

“I am sure that ex­pec­ta­tions must have come up quite a few notches af­ter the last race,” said Moss.

“Ross Brawn is a tremen­dous help. If I was a driver to­day there are very few peo­ple I’d like to be with, but Ross is one of them.”

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