The 2021 Formula One championship is set to be determined by razor-thin margins, with fans and previous drivers debating whether Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen is the clear favorite to win.
However, some veteran drivers concur that Hamilton has made multiple mistakes during races thus far this season.
“The standings don’t reflect the true situation,” Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 winner, told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Hamilton has made many mistakes and has paid a low price for them, unlike Verstappen. So far, Max and Red Bull’s season has been perfect, while I detect fatigue in Lewis and his team.
“In Turkey, they made many errors. But I do not consider Mercedes dead. Perhaps they have increased the power of their engine.”
Former Formula One driver David Coulthard believes Hamilton has been racing under pressure this season, giving numerous examples to back up his point.
“There have been one or two incidents for Lewis and most of the time he got away with it,” added Coulthard.
“I mean his runway off the gravel in Imola, for example, or the rubbing of the guardrail in Russia.
“Neither of them was gigantic action, but, for me, you can see something in them: he is under pressure.”
Mark Webber also stated that the seven-time Formula One champion is making notable errors that he did not make previously.
“We are having a phenomenal duel between Lewis and Max, but Hamilton’s mistakes are already showing,” noted Webber.
“Like in Baku or the strange behaviour before the restart in Hungary, when 19 drivers came in to change tires, and Hamilton was the only driver with intermediate tires from the start.
“For me, some of these errors are quite atypical for Lewis.”
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