Coulthard: Hamilton “actually relishing” Verstappen F1 title battle
The 13-time grand prix winner and 2001 world championship runner-up stated he has seen “a distinct Lewis on this problem” and believes the Mercedes driver is “so motivated” by the title battle.
Pink Bull leads the constructors championship with 286 factors forward of this weekend’s race at Silverstone, main from Mercedes by 44 factors, whereas Verstappen’s 182 factors within the driver standings put him 32 away from Hamilton.
Coulthard, who can be the W Sequence Advisory Board Chairman, additionally stated he believes Verstappen and his staff have “prolonged” Hamilton’s F1 profession.
Talking forward of the British Grand Prix, which he received twice, Coulthard stated: “I feel that’s an important query, as a result of what I’ve noticed, for those who take a look at the final couple of races which he’s misplaced, he’s been a lot calmer and way more magnanimous in defeat than we’ve seen.
“Typically when he was overwhelmed by Nico after they had been teammates, he could be a bit chippy, he could be a bit dummy within the mud and a bit spoiled youngster, multi-millionaire racing driver.
“I’ve not seen that. What I’ve seen is an magnificence, I’ve seen a confidence, I’ve seen a distinct Lewis on this problem.
“So subsequently, I feel that he’s actually relishing the problem. After all he needs a title, who doesn’t? After all he needs to win, who doesn’t? However he’s achieved a lot profitable.
“I feel that the truth that he’s signed up for one more two years, he’s simply so motivated by the problem.
“I feel that Max Verstappen and Pink Bull this 12 months have prolonged his profession, I actually imagine that, as a result of if he doesn’t win it this 12 months, I don’t assume he’ll go off into the winter crying his coronary heart out.
“I feel he’ll go ‘you understand what, as a staff we didn’t ship, how can we do higher subsequent 12 months?’
“I simply assume he’s such a pure-bred racer – the best way he’s been introduced up by his household, whole focus, whole dedication.
“I feel he loves it, I actually do, and I feel the truth that he’s not profitable proper now’s extending his profession.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
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Coulthard additionally stated it feels “feels just a little bit like Mercedes must ship this weekend, it appears like Lewis has to ship this weekend” after Verstappen received the previous three races – one in France and the double-header in Austria.
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He stated: “I’m actually curious, as a result of Toto clearly has a perception within the efficiency of the automobile.
“The staff have achieved a lot evaluation and understanding of the place their vehicles are performing properly relative to the competitors that they are going to have run the sims and can know moderately precisely, taking out climate and numerous different elements and variables, the place they will anticipate to carry out.
“So it feels just a little bit like Mercedes must ship this weekend, it appears like Lewis has to ship this weekend, as a result of Max, he’s not fearful of anybody, he’s a pure born winner, he’s on the crest of a wave proper now, and he’s not going to be fazed by a number of Union Jacks.
“However I do assume that Lewis is somebody who does reply in a form of Nigel Mansell method to residence help and actually believes it may possibly raise him.
“I feel it’s a extremely vital weekend for the championship.”
The third spherical of the 2021 W Sequence season at Silverstone is dwell on Channel 4 this Saturday from 13:05 BST.