Hamilton is a future champion – Hakkinen

Sat, 7 April 2007, 02:09

Mika Hakkinen in Malaysia tipped Lewis Hamilton to one day emulate his career by winning the world championship for McLaren.

The 1998 and 1999 drivers’ title winner, at Sepang as a guest of the Woking based team, said he is impressed with rookie Briton Hamilton’s progress so far.

In Australia the 22-year-old landed on the podium, and on Saturday in Malaysia he qualified fourth, albeit seven tenths slower than teammate Fernando Alonso.

Asked, however, if he thought Hamilton was a potential world champion, Finn Hakkinen told the news agency ‘sid’: “Definitely. Without a doubt.

“But we shouldn’t talk too much about it yet. He finished third in his first race but there is a long way to go.”

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