The outcome of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021, decisive for the victory of the world title of Max Verstappen, has certainly created a strong sporting discontent in Lewis Hamilton, defeated in the most unpredictable and questionable way possible. Because of this, and the subsequent controversy that has arisen over the decisions of the FIA, the seven-time British champion has even cast doubt on his stay in Formula 1, which could sensationally stop even before the start of the next championship. A hypothesis, however, that does not convince another former British driver of the caliber of David Coulthard, who expects a regular presence of the Mercedes standard bearer in view of the 2022 world championship.
Interviewed by The Telegraph, the Scotsman explained his opinion on this issue, also focusing on the desire for redemption present in Hamilton: “I think he’ll be bored hearing everyone who tells him ‘You have been robbed, Lewis!’, or ‘You are the people’s champion, Lewis’ – he said – it will even avoid having those conversations. The decision to continue racing materialized when he pledged to sign the two-year Mercedes contract in the middle of last season, I don’t think anything has changed since Abu Dhabi. Of course, he would have liked to win, and he reacted emotionally, as anyone would have done under those circumstances. I believe however – he added – that the shock it probably was less impact on him than for the rest of the team or for Toto Wolff“. In conclusion, Coulthard ‘reassured’ Hamilton from a distance, underlining how time can make any enthusiasm or disappointment vanish: “I can’t compare myself to Lewis in terms of success or speed – He admitted – but I still think I can confirm that there is some kind of emotional detachment once the moment in question has passed. The euphoria of success runs out pretty quickly, just as the delusion of defeat runs out pretty quickly. “
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