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Charles Leclerc believes Lewis Hamilton could still win an eighth F1 Drivers’ title

Charles Leclerc believes Lewis Hamilton could still win an eighth F1 Drivers' title

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Charles Leclerc is not ruling out the prospect of Lewis Hamilton winning a record-breaking eighth Drivers’ World Championship.

Hamilton remains tied on seven individual titles with Michael Schumacher and could barely have got closer to an eighth last year, denied in the most agonising of circumstances.

Any thoughts that the celebrations would be only put on ice for one season have, however, been dispelled by the Mercedes W13 car’s lack of competitiveness in the first half of this campaign compared to Red Bull and Ferrari.

As a result, the Briton finds himself only sixth in the Drivers’ standings, 99 points behind the man who is on course to retain the crown, Max Verstappen.

The only racer who looks to have any realistic chance of wresting the title from the Dutchman is Leclerc, who has won three grands prix this term and trails by 38 points at the halfway stage.

With one more year on his Mercedes contract and now 37 years old, time looks to be running out for Hamilton –…

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