Red Bull F1 chief Christian Horner says it would be foolish to write off Lewis Hamilton in the 2016 title fight, despite the Englishman falling 33 points behind Nico Rosberg in the standings.
The championship has swung in favour of Rosberg since the summer break, with the German winning four of the last five races, and never finishing outside the podium.
Hamilton, in stark contrast, is yet to win a race since the German Grand Prix - and retired from the lead in Malaysia.
Despite the ever growing gap between the two Mercedes drivers, Horner is confident that Hamilton can fight back and triumph in the end.
"In any sport you see sportsmen get on the crest of a wave and everything falls right for them, and it's going Nico's way at the moment,’’ Horner said.
"Lewis has had quite a few tough weekends this year, but he'll brush himself down and will fight back.
"He only needs that sniff of something - a DNF from Nico and a win from Lewis and he's right back in the game again, so things can change very quickly.
"We saw it with Kimi [Raikkonen] when he stole the championship from under the noses of Lewis and Fernando [Alonso] in 2007.
"There are still 100 points available in this championship and it would be a foolish person to rule him out at this stage."
by Rachit Thukral