Damon Hill has praised Lewis Hamilton following the youngster's performance in Montreal on Sunday, when he put in a stunning drive to win his first ever grand prix in only his sixth event.

Hill, who is the last British driver to have won the Formula 1 World Championship back in 1996, added that while it is true Lewis has a great car in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-22, that doesn't take anything away from what he is doing in his rookie year.

Indeed the president of the British Racing Drivers' Club reckons that Hamilton could definitely emulate what he achieved 11 years ago and he is also tipping him for success at Silverstone next month, when the Northamptonshire-based circuit hosts Britain's round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

"What an unbelievable win for Lewis. People should not underestimate what he has achieved in an incredibly short space of time," he noted. "Yes, he's with a good team, and yes, he's got a good car, but to be winning grand's prix, and be putting in performances like that race after race, takes something special.

"He may be young and in his first season, but this guy is the real deal. If you're good enough in this sport, you're old enough - and boy is Lewis good enough.

"With just four weeks to go now until the British Grand Prix [on 8 July] it's great news for British fans and British motorsport.

"He's leading the World Championship and winning races, so his confidence will be sky high. He's now got a great chance of winning the British Grand Prix, in front of his home crowd at Silverstone. And he's shown he can handle the pressure.

"We shouldn't get too carried away, but we could be looking at the next British World Champion."

Reflecting on his own success at Silverstone, Hill added: "One of the highlights of my career was winning my home race in 1994. It means a huge amount to a driver to win in front of his home crowd, and it would be a dream come true for Lewis if he was to win at Silverstone next month."



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