Sunday October 28th, 2001
Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher has tipped British Karting sensation Lewis Hamilton for future F1 success, after the two participated this weekend in the World Karting Championship event at Kerpen.
Schumacher, who is making a guest appearance in the series, said the 16-year-old has got what it takes to make it to the top, complimenting the driver's talent and commitment.
"He's a quality driver, very strong and only 16. If he keeps this up I'm sure he will reach F1," Schumacher told reporters at Kerpen. "It's something special to see a kid of his age out on the circuit. He's clearly got the right racing mentality."
Hamilton made history when he became the first Briton to win the European Karting Championship, at the age of 15. He began racing when he was eight and by now is considered one of the most successful kart racers in the World.
Hamilton has been signed by McLaren-Mercedes for a long term contract, with the Woking based team now funding his karting career. McLaren chief Ron Dennis is also Hamilton's personal manager.
Should Hamilton make it into Formula One, he also stands a chance to become the first black driver to participate in the World Championship since its inception.
Published at 14:26:09 GMT