Former racer turned Sky Sports F1
commentator Martin Brundle reckons Lewis Hamilton could still win the F1 drivers' title this season and he has warned it would be foolish to discount the Englishman.
Hamilton lies fourth in the F1 Drivers' Championship, ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, the tenth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, 58 points behind the current leader, defending champion, Sebastian Vettel. However, with ten races remaining, Brundle thinks the pendulum could yet swing in Lewis' favour, even if he has yet to win a race this year, something his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, has managed twice.
“There's a long way to go in this championship. Halfway through the Hungarian Grand Prix is halfway through the championship season, so many points to come,” Brundle told Sky Sports News
“Lewis is still in there. He's got some points on the board so he's not out of sight already. He's got the pole positions, the victories haven't come his way - two have gone to [Nico] Rosberg of course, his team-mate, who's driving beautifully.
“So I wouldn't write him off.”
Despite that, however, Brundle reckons Mercedes could struggle at the Hungaroring given the team had to sit out the Young Driver Test at Silverstone, where all their rivals got to sample the new tyres from Pirelli.
“Missing the Silverstone test will hurt them quite a lot because the tyres are fundamentally changing now for the second half of the season,” Brundle stated.
“They will get the data but they won't know how it applies to their car. Even a tiny change in the side-wall of the tyre, or the squash as it's going down the straights when the downforce starts getting applied, affects the aerodynamics of your car.
“So I think it's going to hurt them quite a lot.”