Hakkinen: Title race not over yet

Former World Champion Mika Hakkinen believes that the 2015 title race is far from over, despite Lewis Hamilton building a healthy lead over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton's race win at the Italian Grand Prix last time out coupled with Nico Rosberg's retirement at Monza has seen the Briton build a 53-point lead at the top of the World Championship standings with seven rounds remaining in the 2015 campaign.

With Hamilton only finishing outside the podium places on one occasion this season, it would appear unlikely that Rosberg will be able to reel the defending World Champion in, but Hakkinen has warned that there could still be a twist in the tale.

"There are still a lot of races, and all sorts can happen," Hakkinen wrote in his Hermes column.

"This title has not yet been decided. Lewis had a new specification engine, with which he has done well in the race at Monza.

"The reason for Nico's technical problems has been clarified – Mercedes took a risk which meant that Nico had to use an old engine in the race."

Should Hamilton finish second in all of the remaining races then he will take the title regardless of what Rosberg does. However, despite this, the 30-year-old certainly won't be stopping his search for race wins.

"You guys come up with those statistics each year but it is absolutely irrelevant – I have got to win every race from now on," he is quoted as saying by Press Association.

"I don't go into the next races thinking I have got to finish second. I think that I have got to win every race."

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