by Rob Wilkins

Britain's last Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill has dismissed talk that Jenson Button has lost the chance to deliver at the pinnacle of the sport and one day take the title.

Asked about comments made by British racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss last month, who told Crash.net that the Honda man's time may well have passed, Damon said that in his opinion while there is no denying the 27-year-old has had a dismal year so far, due to the lack of competitiveness of the RA107, it doesn't mean its all over.

"He has still got time, definitely," Hill told Crash.net Radio, while in London to re-affirm the BRDC's commitment to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone post-2009.

"Formula 1 is constantly changing and there is always drivers' on the move and teams are always looking for someone with that extra special thing. I think perhaps Jenson is understandably a bit detuned at the moment, but he always looks cheerful and happy and I am sure he gives everything he can when he is driving.

"But it is just harder when you don't have that kind of clear track in front of you. Once you get close to the sharp end of any race, something else kicks in. It is difficult to define.

"He really does have to show now though that he is not prepared to just sit where he is. I think he should also criticise the team more if they are not delivering the car he needs to win.

"It is fair to do that - you can do that within the team and you can say things publicly as long as you are reasonable about it. It is OK for him to say 'I want to win too and give me a McLaren-Honda and I can do it - we need to work it out here somehow!'"

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