Asked in Austin today, whether the Schumacher name will be a burden or an asset to the newly-crowned European F3 champion, Lewis Hamilton was in no doubt.
Fernando Alonso has heaped praise on Lewis Hamilton ahead of his date with history at the United States GP, naming the Englishman as one of the greatest F1 world champions of all-time.
Alonso, who partnered Hamilton at McLaren during the Briton's rookie season, believed "five or seven" title would be possible for Hamilton when he won the championship in only his second season, but then a dip in form for the British squad made Alonso question that.
Alonso explained: "He showed the talent from day one, fighting for the championship in his rookie year".
"Probably at that time we could all agree that five or seven titles would be possible for him but then he had a couple of down years, due to the performance of the vehicle, the switching to Mercedes, so maybe at that time we all thought it wouldn't be possible, because at the time Mercedes was struggling".
"He has been showing talent from day one and he's been able to win races when the auto was not on top form".
"I think if I was in the same position they would probably do the same thing so it's more as drivers we are all members of the GPDA and I think we all just need to stick together and I think the respect that we have for one another I think is probably the greatest that it's been for many years".
Hamilton has already won nine races so far this season and looks likely to end the year in double figures, which is no mean feat considering he feels this year has been tougher than any he has experienced before.
The Mercedes driver would join an exclusive F1 hall of fame, with Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher now the only drivers to have reached five championships.
"It's hard to make a top five of all-time greats".
Hamilton comes into the race on the back of four straight victories, dominating fellow four-time champion Vettel in recent weeks.
"If one had to do that in our generation I'm happy it's Lewis, because he showed the talent and he showed the commitment". When the vehicle was dominating and delivering he won the championships and when it was not god enough he still put in some performances to show his talent.