Verstappen F1 Battle Proves Hamilton No Longer the ‘Spoiled-Child’ He Was Against Rosberg: Coulthard

Published 07/14/2021, 6:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Heading into his home Grand Prix at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton is currently on a streak of five winless races. The last he experienced such a drought was back in 2016 – the year his teammate Nico Rosberg beat him to the championship title.

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Even though Rosberg and Hamilton grew up racing together, the relationship became quite strained when they are at Mercedes. Their rivalry led to some of the most explosive moments in Formula 1. And it only ended when the German quits the sport after winning the 2016 title.

While is surely on the losing side, so to speak, this year, just like 2016, former Formula 1 driver, David Coulthard believes his attitude is different this time around. He thinks Hamilton is more generous regarding his current defeats to Max Verstappen than prior defeats to Nico Rosberg.

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What did David Coulthard say?

“What I’ve observed, if you look at the last couple of races he’d lost, he’s been much calmer and much more magnanimous in defeat than we’ve seen [before],” said David Coulthard.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat.

“Sometimes when he was beaten by Nico [Rosberg] when they were teammates, he could be a bit chippy, a bit kind of dummy-in-the-dust, a bit spoiled-child multi-millionaire racing driver.

“I’ve not seen that [this year], what I’ve seen is an elegance, I’ve seen a confidence, I’ve seen a different Lewis in this challenge.”

Max Verstappen motivated Lewis Hamilton to sign a contract extension: Coulthard

After his one-year contract extension with Mercedes, many believed that the seven-time world champion would retire from the sport at the end of this season. However, the two parties surprised everyone by announcing a two-year contract extension for Hamilton ahead of the Austrian GP.

And David Coulthard believes Red Bull and Max Verstappen lured the Knight into a new contract.

“Of course he wants a title. Who doesn’t? Of course, he wants to win, who doesn’t? But he’s done so much winning.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Yves Herman.

“And the fact he signed up for another two years, he’s just so motivated by the challenge, I think that Max Verstappen and Red Bull this year have extended his career, I truly believe that.”

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Lewis Hamilton will look for a comeback at his home turf this weekend. However, it will be an uphill task for the seven-time world champion to hold his arch-rival Max Verstappen, who is in the form of his life. Hamilton currently sits at P2 in the drivers’ championship, 32 points adrift title leader Verstappen.

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Can Lewis Hamilton end his winless streak at this weekend’s British Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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