Former Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell believes Lewis Hamilton’s performances so far in 2014 have been “close to perfection”, as the Mercedes drivers prepares to battle for his fourth consecutive victory.
Hamilton retired from the season opener in Australia due to a power-unit problem but took race wins in Malaysia, Bahrain and China. He is now just four points behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ standings.
“He has been close to perfection, just brilliant,” Mansell told the BBC. “He has been given the freedom to express himself.
“When you get a few more wins under your belt, you get even more confidence and that gives you another half a second in your pocket
“It doesn’t get any better than knowing you have a good car – it’s the most wonderful feeling.”
Mercedes currently has a 97-point lead over Red Bull Racing in the constructors’ championship. The 1992 F1 champion expects the Brackley-based outfit to continue fighting at the front.
“They are the class act of the field in 2014,” he added. “I don’t see them dropping the ball.
“They’re not going to be unbeatable during the year, but I think it will be very hard to close the gap because of their superior engine performance. Lewis and Nico are going to have a tremendous time in 2014.”
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