Motor sport: Hamilton 'good for Britain'

Lewis Hamilton's sensational emergence in Formula One this season has been hailed as "good for Britain".

Hamilton is on course to become the first British world champion since Damon Hill in 1996 as he leads the way in the standings by 10 points from McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Back-to-back victories in Canada and the United States followed a run of five other podium finishes to give the 22-year-old a record-breaking start to the season for a rookie.

Hamilton is certainly flying the flag, which will undoubtedly be in evidence when the Formula One circus hits Silverstone in two weeks' time for the British Grand Prix.

Anthony Davidson, in his first full season in the sport with Super Aguri, is delighted to see compatriot Hamilton enjoying a stunning year.

"He is doing a very good job in a very, very good car. Everyone can see that," Davidson said at the Goodwood Festival of Speed event.

"But it's good for Britain. Motor-racing is something we have been good at for such a long time.

"We have good drivers, good teams, good personnel, and we're good at building race cars.

"It's great to see a fresh face at the top because we'd all had enough of Ferrari and Michael's (Schumacher) domination.

"It doesn't really matter that it's Lewis. Anybody would have been good. Any new face coming in and doing that well is good for the sport.

"But the fact he is British is even better."

Davidson can sense 'Brit fever' building towards his home race as he, Hamilton, Jenson Button and David Coulthard will all be out in force at the Northamptonshire circuit.

"I'm getting a snippet as to what it will be like fan-wise just being here at Goodwood," added Davidson.

"There is so much support. People know who I am and what I'm doing out there, which is really good to see.

"Normally I come here and I've been a bit of a mystery man and not been hassled too much.

"So I've seen the response already from the British fans, and now I'm really looking forward to the race."