Keeping Track #41: Hamilton could win two more titles, says Hill

HamiltonWinsHungaryLewis Hamilton’s best is yet to come – that’s the view of 1996 world champion Damon Hill, who says his compatriot is poised to reach the peak of his powers as he enters his 30s.

Hamilton took his second world title for Mercedes last year after winning his first for McLaren in 2008, and won 11 Grands Prix to take his career tally to 33 victories, fifth on the all-time win list.

The 30-year-old Englishman will begin his title defence at this weekend’s Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, and Hill believes Hamilton is ideally placed to pick up where he left off in 2014, where he won six of the final seven races of the season.

Speaking to the ‘Keeping Track’ podcast, Hill said: “At 30, he’s still got the best years ahead of him – it’s when you’ve got talent, which he has in abundance, determination and fitness, and then start to marry that up with experience.

“I think between now and, say, 33-34, he’s certainly in contention for one, if not two, more championships.”

Hill won his sole world title in 1996 at the age of 36, a season which included a win in the inaugural world championship Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

The 54-year-old says he’ll be paying extra attention to 17-year-old debutant Max Verstappen, who’ll become the youngest-ever driver to start a Grand Prix in Melbourne this weekend.

“It does seem to me to be very young to enter into any complex professional sport like Formula One,” Hill said of Verstappen.

“I hope for his sake that he hasn’t been accelerated up to that level too quickly, because that can set you back for a very long time if you’re not careful.”

Hill also spoke about his memories of winning the first Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, why he feels 2009 world champion Jenson Button continues to be underrated, and his 1996 world championship-winning campaign for Williams.

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