Former F1 driver David Coulthard believes “little mistakes” from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton this season has proved how much pressure Max Verstappen i
Former F1 driver David Coulthard believes “little mistakes” from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton this season has proved how much pressure Max Verstappen is putting on him in their fierce title battle.
The Red Bull driver now leads the standings by six points heading to the Circuit of Americas in just over a week’s time, and with just six races remaining, the pressure is on both drivers.
But, despite the championship ebbing and flowing between the pair, Hamilton has been seen making a few costly mistakes over the season.
Coulthard pinpointed a few key moments, like the seven-time world champion’s trip into the gravel at Imola while chasing down Verstappen, and also his collision with the wall of the pit entry in Russia.
After the incident at the Russian Grand Prix which cost Hamilton pole, the 36-year-old admitted “that’s not what you expect from a champion”.
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The boat has been rocked for Hamilton this season, with the announcement that his team-mate Valtteri Bottas is set to be replaced for George Russell next
Bottas is joining Alfa Romeo next season, replacing fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen who is retiring from the sport.
And Mark Webber, who raced in F1 until 2013, believes this could be an added pressure on the 36-year-old.
“I think also, is he carrying the team more than ever at the moment,” Webber added.