As the world waits for news on Michael Schumacher, Nico Hulkenberg says as a young German his goal was always to follow in his elder statesman's footsteps.
Dominating Formula One in the early 2000s, Schumacher claimed five titles on the trot with Ferrari to go with the two he had already won with Benetton.
His seven crowns means the 45-year-old still holds the record for the most World titles as well as the most race wins having claimed 91.
At present Schumacher is facing the biggest fight of his life as he remains in a medically induced coma following a skiing accident.
Hulkenberg is the latest to share his thoughts on his compatriot.
"I'm not sure Michael was the reason I started karting, but once I was into racing he obviously inspired me and he was somebody I looked up to," he told the Times Of India.
"He was so dominant and determined and as a young German driver my goal was always to follow in his footsteps.
"For as long as I can remember my aim was to reach Formula One and become a Champion, just like Michael."