Hill: Hamilton at start of something big
1 April 2014 – Damon Hill has said Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of 'something big' with Mercedes and he reckons the 2008 Formula 1 World Champion could enjoy a period of sustained success with the Silver Arrows over the next few years.
Hamilton dominated the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend, the second round in the 2014 F1 World Championship, leading almost from start-to-finish at the Sepang International Circuit and eventually finishing more than 15 seconds up on team-mate and current championship leader, Nico Rosberg.
“He has a tough team-mate in Nico but knows how to beat him,” Hill told the Daily Record in the countdown to the race in Bahrain this Sunday. “It looks like Mercedes are going to dominate the season so you can look at maybe six or seven more wins [for Hamilton] – and that will take him up to 30 victories. If he does that and wins the championship it will be two titles and 30 GPs at only 30 years old.”
“I can then see him easily doing another 10 wins, [and] another world championship,” Hill added.
Hamilton’s win on Sunday took him to 23 F1 victories, one more than Hill managed during his career, and the 1996 F1 World Champion has predicted he could easily double that, passing the markers set by F1 legends Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
“Lewis could make 50 [wins] or about that – double what he has now. He’s at the start of something big for Mercedes,” Hill concluded.