When a driver strolls into Formula One's leading team and makes a mockery of a four-time world champion on a weekly basis, as Daniel Ricciardo has done in 2014, the "future world champion" tag is hard to avoid.
The Australian's performances alongside Sebastian Vettel have been impressive enough, with Ricciardo recording two grand prix victories while the German has settled for a couple of podium finishes.
But it is the rate of his development that suggests Ricciardo will go on to win the title in the coming years.
He has looked at ease from the moment he qualified a surprise second at his home race, and as that confidence has grown Ricciardo has become ever more ruthless, adding more and more weapons to his armoury.
Those wonderful wins in Canada and Hungary were perfect examples of a driver taking full advantage of opportunities, made all the more impressive when you consider that 2014, due to the dominance of Mercedes, has been a season in which opportunities have been scarce.
The true test of Ricciardo's credentials will arrive when Vettel finds his feet with the new-spec cars and embarks upon a run of blistering form, but for now the future looks bright for the 25-year-old.