Pascal Wehrlein: 'Lewis Hamilton cannot be written off'

Pascal Wehrlein of Germany and Manor poses for a portrait during day one of F1 winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 1, 2016
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Pascal Wehrlein suggests that Lewis Hamilton is still in with a chance of clinching the 2016 drivers' championship.

Pascal Wehrlein has suggested that Lewis Hamilton is still in with a chance of clinching the 2016 drivers' championship.

Trailing Nico Rosberg by 33 points with four races to go, many pundits are starting to write off Hamilton but Wehrlein thinks that the Briton is still in the running.

"Both Mercedes drivers are geniuses in their own way," the Mercedes-backed Manor driver told Speed Week.

"I said it this way - one of them may be written off, but as soon as one of seems beaten, the other one has come back. So let's see how it turns out. For me, I think it's very, very exciting at the moment because of the way it goes back and forth between them.

"Unfortunately Lewis has been unlucky a few times, and it's not easy to make up those points, but as I said, neither of them can be underestimated."

The season continues this weekend at the United States Grand Prix.

Pascal Wehrlein arrives in the paddock before final practice for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 19, 2015
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1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
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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