Champions praise Hamilton’s German drive

Mon, 21 July 2008, 03:06

Lewis Hamilton has turned a corner and is now on the right track to winning the world championship, according to former triple title winner Niki Lauda.

The great Austrian, who watched 23-year-old McLaren driver Hamilton dominantly win Sunday’s German grand prix at Hockenheim, is sure the Briton is driving better even than his rookie season in 2007.

“Last year he was my favourite, but he screwed up in the last two races,” Lauda, the former Ferrari and McLaren driver, told Reuters.

“I think he’s got the message now, from Silverstone in a difficult race and here in a difficult race for him. He’s on the right track and if he continues like this he’s unbeatable,” he added.

Lauda, 59, said Hamilton’s Hockenheim drive reminded him of Ayrton Senna.

Ross Brawn, the Honda team boss and former Ferrari technical director, said Hockenheim reminded him of another great.

“It was reminiscent of some of Michael (Schumacher)’s greatest drives,” Brawn was quoted as saying by The Mirror at Hockenheim.

Even the seven time world champion himself, Schumacher – rooting for the defeated Ferrari on the pitwall – had to applaud Hamilton’s “fantastic performance” in Germany.

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