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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1Mercedes222
2Ferrari214
3Red Bull112
4Force India71
5Toro Rosso29
6Williams-Mercedes22
7Renault18
8Haas15
9Sauber4
10McLaren0
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari141
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes129
3Valtteri BottasMercedes93
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari73
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull67
6Max VerstappenRed Bull45
7Sergio PerezForce India44
8Esteban OconForce India27
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso25
10Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes20
11Nico HulkenbergRenault18
12Romain GrosjeanHaas10
13Kevin MagnussenHaas5
14Pascal WehrleinSauber4
15Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
16Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes2
17Fernando AlonsoMcLaren0
18Marcus EricssonSauber0
19Jolyon PalmerRenault0
20Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
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