Fernando Alonso's former manager Adrian Campos believes the Spaniard could beat Michael Schumacher's records if he wanted to.
"If Fernando puts his mind to it, he will surpass Schumacher, I'm sure of that," Campos, a former F1 driver and now a GP2 team boss, told Marca in an interview.
"He has a special intuition. Also, his motivation and his character ahead of every session and every race is unmatched. He has a gifted mind for Formula One," Campos added.
Alonso became the youngest two-time champion in history last year, and he is aiming to become the third driver to clinch three titles in a row, following Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
The German driver took seven titles and 91 Grand Prix wins before retiring from the sport at the end of last season.
Campos reckons that Schumacher's retirement has left Alonso as the class of the Formula One field, with no one to match him.
"With Schumacher's retirement there is no one left to match him," Campos added. "He is well above the rest of the field. He's very superior to the rest and he will clinch the title again this year.
"Fernando is the only driver in the world who can make a good car become a great car."
Alonso left the Renault team after last year's title, moving to the McLaren team, where Campos reckons he feels at home already.
"Ron Dennis has found in Fernando a new Senna," he said. "I know he loves him, but also that Fernando has been in love with McLaren for several years."
Campos believes, however, that Alonso is unlikely to have a very long Formula One career.
"It's even possible that he retires after he wins a third title, but that would be crazy because there's nobody like him," Campos said.