Damon Hill believes Lewis Hamilton will take the chequered flag at this weekend's United States Grand Prix, given the pace Mercedes showed last time out in Turkey.
The Briton only managed a fifth-place finish at Istanbul Park after serving a grid penalty, however teammate Valtteri Bottas dominated proceedings, converting his pole position into an impressive victory.
While Hill is keen to see whether Red Bull and Max Verstappen can respond to Mercedes' improved form, he's expecting Hamilton to pick up his sixth career win at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
"I think Lewis is going to win, but that would also just bring him back perhaps into touch and there'll be nothing between them in points," Hill said on the F1 Nation podcast. "In fact, Max could come out of this one point in the lead if Lewis wins in the States, so how finely balanced is that?
"It depends so much on whether Red Bull can find a little bit more. I just think Lewis, after Turkey, they [Mercedes] showed they had a bit in hand, a bit to help them along the way.
"But, things happen, and we are not sure what will take place."
With just six points separating Verstappen and Hamilton in the standings, Hill highlighted how important it is for both drivers to avoid making a critical error at this point of the season.
Hill added: "Everything is now on a very fine balancing tip, but one false move and you could lose the World Championship game.
"You cannot afford to drop 25 points anywhere, and there's the chance that it could happen it's so easy.
"I'm going to Mexico, I'm hoping that they're going to be almost level pegging. And then nothing happens in Brazil, and then I see them back in Qatar.
"I'm gonna be watching every step of the way, whatever happens."
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