2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton during the Australian GP weekend. (Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton during the Australian GP weekend. (Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton has baulked at claims that a new guard is sweeping into power in .

After the V6 era kicked off in Melbourne, podium debutant was hailed as McLaren’s ‘new Hamilton,’ while fellow rookie stood out as the next Red Bull-fueled talent in the Sebastian Vettel-like mould.

also stepped into the retired Mark Webber’s shoes with ease at Red Bull, out-qualifying and outracing quadruple world champion Vettel and causing many to wonder if a ‘new era’ has dawned.

2008 world champion Hamilton, however, doesn’t think so.

“You still have … Vettel, myself, Alonso and Kimi,” F1′s 29-year-old world champion of 2008 said.

“It’s not a new era,” Hamilton insisted. “It’s just a new wave of youngsters coming through.”

Dane Magnussen, in particular, was hailed by none other than Hamilton’s discoverer, former mentor Ron Dennis, as a future champion.

“He has all the ingredients necessary to win a world championship,” Dennis said.

Hamilton may be unconvinced, but he did applaud the 21-year-old’s debut podium in Melbourne — a feat he himself achieved in a McLaren back in 2007.

“Kevin did a fantastic job,” he said. “I’m very impressed with his job. Well done to him.”

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