Michael Schumacher has told BBC’s Inside Sport programme that Lewis Hamilton is the man to eclipse his record seven F1 world titles.
McLaren driver Hamilton could clinch his first title in Brazil on Sunday. He currently has a seven-point lead over his nearest rival, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.
Speaking to the programme, Schumacher said that Hamilton was "absolutely" the man to win seven titles.
"Nobody thought, even me, that I could beat [Juan Manuel] Fangio. Then I did. Records are there to be beaten," the F1 legend said.
"When you think about what he has done in such a short time – just arriving and competing last year with [double world champion Fernando]Alonso and being very often quicker – that talks for itself."
Despite rating the young Brit highly, Schumacher stopped short of saying that he was the best driver currently plying their trade in Formula 1.
In the programme, which will be broadcast tonight at 23:20, Schumacher rejected the possibility of ever making a comeback to F1.
Written by Augustus Pablo