A Hackbridge Primary School pupil was left starstruck when he got the chance to interview Lewis Hamilton ahead of the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix.

Kayden McKinley, who is nine, grilled Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas on Sky Sports segment “Small Talk” before taking on Hamilton next.

The young interviewer described the experience as “amazing” and got the opportunity after being picked following auditions with Sky back in February this year.

He added: “I was just really shocked. [We talked about] his racing and school.

“He’s friendly, funny, he’s very calm and his personality is really cool. When I talk to him I’m very relaxed.

“I love doing that [being an interviewer].”

His mum Sarah said Kayden was picked from a group of about 20 other children, following the auditions in west London, before staying at a hotel in Banbury, Oxfordshire, ahead of the interviews.

The first one with Finnish driver Bottas went live ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix (March 31), while his Hamilton interview is being shown on April 14.

Describing Bottas, Kayden said: “A little bit different because he's still relaxed, he's calm and he's patient and he doesn't worry about anything.”

The Hackbridge Primary School pupil has amassed nearly 3,000 Instagram followers and aspires to one day be a professional footballer for Premier League club Chelsea.

Sarah said: “He's not shy at all, he loves to sing and dance. He's got so much confidence, it's unbelievable.

“They did see about 20 other children, so for him to have got it was amazing. It was a very big deal because he was up against some other kids who had done a lot more work than him.

"It went so well they let me in the room, which, in castings, they normally don't allow the parents in the room, but in this particular one they did and I could see they loved him.

“They were on the floor, they were laughing and they were like, 'This guy is so funny'.”

Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix, and is hoping to follow up on it by climbing above Mercedes teammate Bottas in the Drivers' Championship rankings.

The Chinese Grand Prix, set to be staged in Shanghai on April 14, will be Formula One's 1,000th world championship race.