Coulthard Rubbishes Widely-Believed Verstappen Claim About Hamilton

Published 09/29/2021, 8:32 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has never been this intense, with both of them pushing each other for the lead in the title race. While many believe this year’s fight is taking place in the mental realm as well, former F1 driver, David Coulthard doesn’t think so.

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Often, when rivalries get intense, opponents try to get into each other’s heads to come out on top. But, in the case of Hamilton, Coulthard doesn’t think the seven-time world champion is concerned about the Red Bull prodigy.

Coulthard doesn’t think Lewis Hamilton is fazed by arch-rival, Verstappen

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There have been two turning points this season in the Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry; one at Silverstone and the other in Monza. However, despite these two dramatic races, the Mercedes driver isn’t distracted by Max, according to Coulthard.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton bumps fists with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position and third place respectively Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

Speaking to ServusTV’s talk show, ‘Sport und Talk aus dem Hangar 7’, as quoted by Formule1, Coulthard said, “I don’t believe Verstappen is in Hamilton’s head. They both have a strong team behind them. They know they can always win. That gives me a lot of confidence.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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Can Lewis extend his lead in Turkey?

After the eventual Russian Grand Prix, which Hamilton won, the Briton took the lead in the championship table once again. However, it is just a two-point gap that he has to his arch-rival, Verstappen.

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Regardless, the Mercedes driver is optimistic about the upcoming Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul, with the hopes of extending his lead in the title race.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the podium with champagne after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

On the other hand, after suffering defeat in Sochi this past weekend, the Dutch driver is aiming to bounce back and regain the top spot in the championship. Verstappen knows that Hamilton will do everything to prevent that from turning into reality.

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Nevertheless, as we wait for the upcoming race at Istanbul Park, fans are excited to see the next chapter in this iconic rivalry. Who do you think will take the checkered flag in Turkey? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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