WATCH: Serena Williams hails ‘good friend’ Lewis Hamilton as ‘greatest driver of our generation’

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Serena Williams has hailed Lewis Hamilton as the “greatest driver that our generation has seen” as the Briton goes in search of another F1 record.

Six-time Formula 1 World Champion Hamilton will get an opportunity to match the legendary Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 F1 race wins at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton has never been shy to express his admiration for the tennis playing great and Williams, who is chasing her own record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, was asked about the F1 driver ahead of her French Open assault.

“Lewis and I are super close. I’ve known him for years. I love that guy. He’s a really good friend of mine. The guy is such a champion, has such a champion’s mindset,” she said.

“I look at what he does training, physically, his job, it’s really no words for it, to be honest.

“He is for me the greatest driver that our generation has seen. I’m confident that he will break the record of Michael Schumacher, who was also a fabulous driver.”

She added: “Lewis is so intense. If you know anything, even if you’re a fan, you know he lives his life on his sleeve. He’s very emotional. He says what he says. That’s just who he is. He doesn’t care who you are.

“That’s one thing I’ve grown to really appreciate about him, as well.”

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