Ross Brawn: 'Lewis Hamilton can still win world title'

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton during a practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix on May 25, 2013
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Mercedes boss Ross Brawn says that Lewis Hamilton can still mount a title challenge this year.

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn believes that Lewis Hamilton still has time to mount a challenge for this year's drivers' title.

Hamilton is yet to win for his new team since moving from McLaren and trails leader Sebastian Vettel by 43 points, but Brawn is confident that the improved car will bring better results.

"Lewis can battle for the title, why not? Things are still wide open in the title race," he told reporters.

"Lewis deserves a win, and everything should fall into place this weekend, as it didn't quite do so at Silverstone."

The 2008 world champion took pole position at last weekend's British Grand Prix, only for a tyre failure to end his chances of a race win.

Hamilton was fastest in first practice for Sunday's German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix on April 13, 2013
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2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
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8Esteban OconForce India45
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10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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