HEAD-TO-HEAD: Nico Rosberg (right) will attempt to regain the Formula 1 drivers' championship lead from team mate Lewis Hamilton (left) at the Belgian GP in August.. Image: AP / Kamran Jebreili
London - It is Lewis Hamilton's "killer instinct" that in 2016 will deliver championship victory to him for a third consecutive time.
That is the view of Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, when asked to nominate a favourite in the increasingly two-horse title race between Hamilton and his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
Another former Formula 1 driver, Marc Surer, agrees.
"Hamilton is a fighter"
Surer told Sport Bild magazine: "Lewis will be world champion this year for the fourth time."
Surer said: "When Nico was so many points ahead at the beginning of the season, many people wrote Hamilton off. But look at where he is now.
"Nico is a perfect driver, but Hamilton is a fighter."
"Killer instinct will make the difference"
Hamilton could fall behind Rosberg once again after the summer break, as he will take a grid penalty for using a sixth engine of the season.
But Red Bull's Marko thinks that after the nine remaining races of 2016, Hamilton will once again be champion.
Marko said: "He has the killer instinct that Rosberg does not, and at the end of the year, that is what will make the difference."
*Rosberg, like the rest of the drivers, is currently enjoying the summer break: