Funny how your perspective can change, isn't it? This time 10 years ago Damon Hill was a true-blue British sporting hero. He was back-page news for the papers and felt the full force of pressure that comes with a nation's expectations.
It was something that, at times, when things were going badly, he resented.
Now he is witnessing the emergence of a new British hero, who looks certain to have the same impact on his country's collective conscience - and perhaps surpass Hill's fame and success.
It's early days for Lewis Hamilton, of course, and we must be very careful not to expect too much. But it is not just the British press and race fans who are excited by his obvious promise. Lewis is big news around the world - or at least the parts where Formula One has a foothold.