Sir Stirling Moss says he feels Lewis Hamilton has a 'good chance' of fighting for victory in the British Grand Prix later this month.
The pair joined forces for a special event at Silverstone with a month to go to the race, with a replica of Hamilton's Mercedes W03 being pictured alongside the iconic W196 model as raced by Moss when he took his maiden F1 win in the 1955.
Should Hamilton manage to take victory this time around, it would be the first Mercedes win in the event since Moss' maiden win, and the 83-year-old said he felt his fellow Briton stood a good chance of success.
“I think Lewis has a very good chance of winning the British Grand Prix this year,” he said. “It's not going to be easy and there are a lot of other good drivers out there trying to stop him, but he's a very fast driver, exciting to watch, and the car he's got is as good as any of them. He's in with a good chance.
“Winning the British Grand Prix meant a lot to me. I won in this Mercedes-Benz W 196 in 1955, just before the very last corner. It really was a very special day. I remember it quite well; I'd caught up with Fangio and overtaken him in traffic; as we went round the last corner I put my foot flat on the floor and took the chequered flag. I finished literally half a car length in front.
“Taking a look at Lewis' car today, there's no way would I get in it; but then he said the same thing about mine! He asked where the seatbelts were – we didn't wear seatbelts! The atmosphere at the British Grand Prix will be fantastic. There'll be some great racing at Silverstone; the public that come here always have a great time. It will also be the last chance to come and listen to the 2.4 litre V8s screaming around this wonderful circuit. The fans really have got to come and see it.”
Hamilton himself said he was hopeful of being able to challenge for a second British GP victory, having taken his first win with McLaren back in 2008.
“Winning the British Grand Prix in 2008 was an incredible moment for me,” he said. “I've been aiming to repeat it every year since and I'd love to achieve what Sir Stirling did and win my second race at Silverstone. We have a good car this year so I hope we can do it and it would be great to make the team proud at my home race. Silverstone is so special for the British drivers and the weekend is made by the amazing support from our home fans. The atmosphere, the flags flying around the circuit and just seeing everyone supporting us really does lift you. I hope we can put on a good show for them and we'll be pushing as hard as possible to give them a great weekend.”