David Coulthard believes Lewis Hamilton will bounce back after missing out on the 2021 Formula One title.
David Coulthard, a former Formula One driver, believes Lewis Hamilton will recover from his title defeat to Max Verstappen, calling him a “phenomenon” and a “great sportsperson.”
Hamilton led for the duration of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, but he was overtaken during a late Safety Car period, with Verstappen taking advantage of the opportunity to pit for fresh tyres and winning the one-lap dash to the finish.
After starting the race level on points, Verstappen’s spectacular victory effectively secured the title.
“He’s an incredible sportsperson”
Hamilton ended his one post-race interview by saying, “We’ll see about next year.” Hamilton has a contract with Mercedes until 2023.
Hamilton, according to Coulthard, will reset over the winter and return to battle in 2022, when new rules will be implemented.
“Hamilton’s commitment is unquestionable,” said Coulthard in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He showed why he was a seven-time World Champion. He is a phenomenon and he’s an incredible sportsperson.
“He’s already committed to another two years. He’s a team person, he’s committed to that team and he’ll be there next year trying to win his eighth world title.”
Hamilton will have “inner peace”
Hamilton’s earlier accomplishments in the sport should not be diminished, according to Coulthard.
“I think he’s got inner peace,” the 13-time Grand Prix winner continued.
“He’ll clearly be disappointed, to say the least, but you’ve got to try and imagine putting yourself in his shoes. He’s a great racing driver, he’s won multiple championships and he’s overcome adversity in his racing career.
“This is just another one of those moments that will not dilute the many great moments in his career. He is a fantastic example to sportsmen and women out there on how to handle defeat.
“He recognised the challenge of Verstappen and these are the moments that he lives for. Yes, he would have wanted to win, but he showed his brilliance once again.”
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