Rosberg up against it now, says Mansell

Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:24pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

COVENTRY, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton is unlikely to run away with the Formula One crown even though he has won five of the last six races and is potentially one of the greatest drivers of all time, says Nigel Mansell.

Mansell, who won the title with Williams in 1992, said Hamilton's Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg now faced a tough task to overhaul the Briton at the top of the standings.

"I don't think he'll run away with it but for sure Nico's going to have his work cut out," the former world champion told Reuters in an interview before teeing-off in the British Par-Three Golf Championship pro-am at Nailcote Hall on Tuesday.

"But you only need to have a few reliability problems, and that happened to Lewis earlier in the year, or make a few mistakes, or someone can drive into the back of you.

"That has happened to Sebastian Vettel in a couple of races this year. He's had no luck at all," said Mansell. "It's going to be an incredible fight, I just hope it's close."

Hamilton's win in Hungary on Sunday lifted him six points clear of Rosberg having trailed the German by a massive 43 points after the Spanish Grand Prix in May following a spate of reliability problems in the early part of the season.

"It just demonstrates it's never over until it's over," said Mansell. "The Mercedes team are magnificent, the cars are flawless machines and reliability seems to be impeccable.

"Sunday's race was probably won and lost in the first half-a-second when Lewis won the first corner. He drove beautifully the whole race and just controlled it," added the 62-year-old Englishman.   Continued...

Hungary Formula One - F1 - Hungarian Grand Prix 2016 - Hungaroring, Hungary - 24/7/16 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg celebrate after the race  REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh