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Hamilton 'close to perfection' - Mansell

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Nigel Mansell believes Lewis Hamilton's start to the season has been "close to perfection" after three consecutive victories at the last three races.

Hamilton is second in the drivers' championship to team-mate Nico Rosberg after playing catch-up since he retired from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Mansell believes Hamilton is at the top of his game and is growing in confidence thanks to Mercedes' big advantage over the rest of the grid.

"He has been close to perfection, just brilliant," Mansell told the BBC. "He has been given the freedom to express himself. When you get a few more wins under your belt, you get even more confidence and that gives you another half a second in your pocket. It doesn't get any better than knowing you have a good car - it's the most wonderful feeling."

Mansell does not think Mercedes will lose its advantage over the rest of the year.

"They are the class act of the field in 2014. I don't see them dropping the ball. They're not going to be unbeatable during the year, but I think it will be very hard to close the gap because of their superior engine performance. Lewis and Nico are going to have a tremendous time in 2014."

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