Damon Hill believes this weekend's British Grand Prix could light the touchpaper in the battle for this year's Formula One world title.
As the season reaches its halfway point at Silverstone, five drivers, led by British pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, are separated by just 29 points .
Hill, now the president of the British Racing Drivers' Club, said: "It's just been on simmer for the moment. Now it's going to start to boil over.
"This could be the start of the rest of the season. Traditionally, with Silverstone smack in the middle, the preliminaries are over."
Hill believes that the occasion "is going to be even better than it has ever been before," with the past two world champions and McLaren team-mates just six points apart and in first and second.
However with Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the mix, along with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, 1996 world champion Hill expects this year's title battle to go right down to the wire.
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