Two-time Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen has graciously given a glowing endorsement of Lewis Hamilton’s talent and character and said: "He can be the greatest."
The Finn won world titles in 1998 and 1999, no mean feat in the era of Michael Schumacher, and believes that Hamilton can be the new racing legend that the new millennium is crying out for.
Youth and health are two key factors that the ex-McLaren driver thinks will give the current McLaren man the edge over his rivals.
Hakkinen commented: "He has a fantastic fitness programme and will have the energy for many, many years to maximise his performance.
"I just do not see why he cannot become the best there is.
It is not only the Brit’s technical abilities that impress him; he also offered the opinion that "I don’t think you could find a better guy than him anywhere".
Hakkinen is himself a role model for kids. He was speaking in his capacity as ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which is aimed at kids who just need help to be part of society.