The Malaysian Grand Prix wasn't the most thrilling race, but the start and finish were fascinating and illuminating for the future of the sport. When I say future, I mean Lewis Hamilton. At the start the young Briton showed why he is such a bright talent by blasting past the two Ferraris, and out-braking them before tucking in behind teammate Fernando Alonso. At the end of the race, after holding off Kimi Raikkonen's late charge, he was overheard saying to his team on the radio: 'Sometime this year I'm going to win.' It shows his determination - and his media awareness. A third and a second place in his first two races suggest the win will come sooner rather than later. So after just two races, this is what he's achieved: The youngest podium ever, the best finish by a British debutant since Mike Parks 41 years ago and the first man to claim two podiums in his first two races since Peter Arundell in 1964. Oh, he's third in the driver's championship by the way. Not bad for a 22-year-old. I won't be the first to suggest this has echoes of another black sportsman in a white-dominated field who has risen to be perhaps the best sportsman on the planet. I watched the first race of the season in the Middle East. The commentary on the TV was in Arabic but there was one phrase I did get at the end 'Lewis Hamilton - Tiger Woods'. Like Tiger, Hamilton has shown great promise from the earliest years, and like the American, the Brit has had his father as a support and inspiration. Anthony Hamilton is there at every race, just like he has been throughout his son's career. In fact it was dad who bought him his first kart at the age of eight to help find an outlet for his hyperactive kid. His dad was, and continues to be, a good adviser to his son. But the key to Lewis' progress has been his other family - the McLaren clan. Ron Dennis has had this protege under his wing since Lewis was 12, taking over sponsorship of his karting career from the former Jaguar F1 boss Tony Purnell. Those in the know thought he was one of the best karters they'd ever seen. His success continued when he moved up to racing cars, culminating in winning the GP2 series last year. By then he'd had several tests in the McLaren F1 car. When a seat became available, Dennis had no hesitation in putting him in. When the decision was announced, it wasn't met with widespread approval. Some said Hamilton should have spent a season testing; some worried about him being trounced by teammate Alonso. Purnell pointed out that whenever he'd changed formula he'd struggled for a while. He said: 'F1 will take him a year or two to get the hang of.' It's a mark of the man that he's proved such astute racing minds wrong. His demeanour off the track is enough to suggest he has the maturity and the steel to cope in the car. The fact that Alonso is in the garage will not upset him. In his karting days he was in a team with Nico Rosberg as stablemate and his dad Keke as boss. He blew Nico away. In motor racing, like other sports, ability can take you only so far. A key part of being exceptional is the mental aspect. So far Lewis Hamilton has shown a coolness of astonishing proportions. With his ability and one of the best teams at his disposal, there is no doubt this young man is going to be a superstar. His dad said after last weekend's race: 'I'm frightened what's going to happen next, it's crazy.' Here's a thought about what's going to happen next: After third in Australia and second in Malaysia, there would be a neat symmetry about a first win in Bahrain. Don't bet against it.