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Last Updated: Friday, 11 May 2007, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Schumi hails precocious Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton was runner-up in his last race in Bahrain
Lewis Hamilton's ever-growing list of admirers has been joined by seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher said he had followed Hamilton's progress, and had been highly impressed with the 22-year-old's superb start to his Formula One career.

"He's doing a very good job - he's well prepared and he's quick," he said.

"It's not a surprise to me after seeing his races last year. Maybe it's a surprise that he's so consistent, but there you go."

Schumacher is at the race in his capacity as an advisor to Ferrari, but ruled out a running a team.

"Absolutely not," he said. "I just don't want to. I have other ambitions in life other than that one."

Hamilton shares the lead in the driver's world championship with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, and made F1 history by finishing on the podium in his first three Grands Prix.

And the youngster has quickly come to terms with his new status as a celebrity after his dramatic entry into Formula One.

"Everywhere I go now, whether it's the petrol station or the sweet shop or the supermarket, people notice me," he said.

"It's really quite strange - you have to pinch yourself to make sure it's real. But if I didn't enjoy it I shouldn't be in this position.

When one of the ladies on the grid has been standing in front of me, I've not noticed her, I swear

Lewis Hamilton

With a four-week break before this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, he took the opportunity to spend some time at his family home in Tewin, Hertfordshire.

"It was strange going back as what people describe as a 'celebrity'," he said.

"When I got home there were photographers outside my house. They are there from eight in the morning until six at night just sitting in their cars.

"It's really weird but there's not much you can do about it.

"Fortunately for me I've not just shot to the top, and I've not got hundreds of people coming up to me every day. It's bit by bit people are noticing me in the streets."

The reigning GP2 champion says he is so focused on his job and intent on becoming a success he has so far ignored the beautiful girls who follow the circuit.

He added: "When I've pulled onto the grid and one of the ladies has been standing in front of me, I've not noticed her, I swear it.

"That's quite unusual for me but I am here to do a job and that's my focus."

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