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Hill backs Hamilton title claims

Lewis Hamilton and Damon Hill
McLaren driver Hamilton has been backed by the 1996 champion

Former world champion Damon Hill believes Lewis Hamilton will wrap up the Formula One drivers' title with time to spare this season.

The 23-year-old Briton has picked up two straight wins to lead the standings by four points with eight races left.

"I think he psychologically demolished the opposition at Silverstone," Hill told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek.

"He is on a roll now as you could see from his performance in Germany. It may be finished before the season is over."

The English driver missed out on the drivers' title by a single point in his first season in the sport.


Meanwhile, Hill believes Max Mosley will step down from his role as president of motorsport's governing body FIA at the end of his tenure next year, despite calls for the controversial chief to quit now.

Mosley, 68, was recently involved in a court case relating to a newspaper report of an orgy in which he took part.

"In his mind, there is no reason why he can't go back to his job," added the 1996 champion.

"I think Max is determined to finish his work with FIA - determined to work to the end of his term and then stand down.

"I don't know whether it will be in a public capacity or whether it will be behind closed doors at the FIA."

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Hamilton fights back for victory
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Hamilton predicts battle to wire
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Hamilton signs new McLaren deal
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Stewart calls on Mosley to quit
24 Jul 08 |  Formula One
Mosley wins court case over orgy
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