Whitmarsh: Lewis destined for greatness
McLaren chief executive Martin Whitmarsh (right) believes Lewis Hamilton has the hallmarks of greatness and is destined for a glittering Formula 1 career.
“Lewis exceeded all our expectations,” the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying.
“Great drivers always find a little more. This weekend has been truly remarkable. He has absolute greatness.
“I think back to Michael Schumacher’s debut at Spa and how impressed we all were when he put it seventh [on the grid].
“And he burnt his clutch out before La Source, but we still thought he was phenomenal, which he was.
“That was in a Jordan.
“Lewis has come to a team of massive expectations. The pressure that comes with that is incredible.
“If he’d have flopped here we know what the headlines would have been.”
“Lewis came to a circuit that is low-grip at the best of times, wet on Friday,” he said.
“The first time he had ever driven on an extreme wet tire coincided with his first lap as a professional racing driver on a circuit he had never driven.
“If you get it wrong here, it’s quite unforgiving.
“He progressed from extreme wets to wets, then did one lap on dries.
“Look at his times. Bang. Straight away he was there. Quick.
“In the second practice session, you had red flags, a bit of drizzle.
“As a driver you think, ‘damn, I don’t need all this’.
“He dealt with all the issues.
“I was listening to him on the radio, amazed at how articulate, intelligent and insightful he was.”