Lewis Hamilton’s new boss thinks that his star driver can overtake Michael Schumacher’s feat of winning seven Formula One titles.
McLaren’s new team principal Martin Whitmarsh told the Guardian: "Lewis won’t talk about it because he’s too modest, and what Michael did is extraordinary. But with great champions you don’t want to match it, you want to beat it."
Whitmarsh warned Hamilton’s title rivals that the 24-year-old hasn’t reached the peak of his powers yet, something that "must be very worrying for his competitors".
But the rest of the F1 field can take heart from the fact that new rule changes apply from next season, meaning that Grand Prix driving could be a whole new ball game by the time the cars take the chequered flag in Melbourne in March.
Overtaking Schumacher’s record of winning seven titles could be one of the most daunting tasks in sport – similar to surpassing Pete Sampras’ haul of 14 Grand Slam titles in tennis or Rocky Marciano’s 49 undefeated fights in boxing.