Lewis Hamilton claims the “great car” Mercedes have produced for the 2014 Formula One campaign always gave him the belief he could win his second Drivers’ Championship.
The 29-year-old 2008 title winner has been scrapping it out with German team-mate Nico Rosberg for this year’s championship as Mercedes have dominated the Constructors’ Championship battle from the first race in Australia.
Hamilton moved three points ahead of Rosberg at the top of the standings with five races remaining after winning last Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix while his rival was forced to retire because of a steering column problem.
It was the Briton’s second successive race win having previously come out on top in Italy and he appears to be hitting his best form at just the right time.
Hamilton will look to continue his good run at next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka and he feels confident of ending a six-year wait to be crowned world champion once again.
“I have believed, since the time I started training for this season, that I can win the World Championship this year,” he said.
“And with a great car like this, even with some of the difficulties I’ve had, you know you are still within shooting range.”
Hamilton is 1.58 to win the World Championship while The Field is 2.40.