Sir Stirling Moss, the greatest driver never to win the Formula One title, fears David Coulthard may suffer a similar fate.
Coulthard's title hopes are fading again
The 73-year-old motorsport legend delivered his verdict during a media briefing ahead of next month's British Grand Prix.
"I think David is a really good driver but I don't think he's a great," said Moss. "I'm afraid I don't think he will be champion.
McLaren driver Coulthard, overall runner-up in 2001, won the
opening race of the season in Australia.
But he is currently seventh in the drivers' standings, 29 points behind Ferrari's world champion Michael Schumacher.
I don't know whether he's got the speed that [Raikkonen's] got
Stirling Moss on Coulthard
Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who had led until the last race in
Canada, is three points adrift of the German, with Fernando Alonso is
third for Renault.
Moss, runner-up three times to Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio and once to Britain's Mike Hawthorn between 1955 and 1958, said Coulthard could get back in the championship frame.
But he added the bigger question was whether he could beat Raikkonen.
"I must say I wouldn't like to be in David's position," he said. "It's really difficult to have a young bloke like that (alongside) who is good.
"I think David is very good, he'd be an excellent world champion.
"He's got the right look about him and everything else but I don't know whether he's got the speed that Kimi's got.
"That will be an interesting thing that we may see at Silverstone, who is going to be the faster of the two."
Coulthard won the British GP in 1999 and 2000.