“I don’t think he was as dominant as the points last season”: David Coulthard believes that Lewis Hamilton’s F1 regime will not last much longer, but wants Brit to surpass Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles
- Lewis Hamilton will enter the coming season as a clear favorite to triumph again
- The Brit wants to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles
- Hamilton won his sixth championship title at the United States Grand Prix last sixth
- David Coulthard believes that Hamilton will no longer have it all in his own way
David Coulthard believes that Lewis Hamilton’s dominance in F1 won’t last too long because he wants to be the most decorated driver ever.
Hamilton is entering the new season, starting at the Australian Grand Prix on March 15, as a clear favorite to claim his seventh world title and draw with German legend Michael Schumacher.
The Brit claimed his fifth championship title in six seasons in Austin last November and ended his campaign with a remarkable 11 wins and 17 stages – corresponding for the fourth time to the all-time record – and reached five pole positions.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wants to claim his seventh world title next season
David Coulthard claims that 35-year-old Hamilton will not have his own way next season
Hamilton received the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award on Monday evening
Hamilton is also only seven victories shy from the German record ever of 91 and although he is ready to break Schumacher’s remarkable performance, Coulthard claims he will not have it in his own way for too long.
When asked by Sportsmail whether Hamilton would still dominate in the coming years, Coulthard – who spoke at the unveiling of the new Scuderia AlphaTauri car for the 2020 season on Friday – replied: “I don’t see it.
“He was occasionally run by Valtteri Bottas last year, but he had a very strong base and he is an exceptional driver, so he delivered more often than not.
“I don’t think it was as dominant for a year as maybe the points played, but he’s the one [Ayrton] Senna, Schumacher of this generation.
“I want him to break the record, records are there to break. However, it does not change anything in the history books if Hamilton does. We would certainly continue to refer to Michael. “
Hamilton wants to surpass the record of seven titles of legendary driver Michael Schumacher
On Monday evening, Hamilton added a special honor to his collection after winning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award alongside football icon Lionel Messi. The two brought Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Marc Marquez and Eliud Kipchoge to the accolade.
A talent that wants to test the dominance of the Mercedes driver in 2020 is Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who had an amazing season at the top of the rankings.
The 22-year-old, born in Monte Carlo, finished fourth in the championship behind Hamilton, Bottas and Max Verstappen.
He recorded ten podium places, two victories, four fastest laps and most pole positions of every driver last season, and now great things are expected of him.
Leclerc is expected to have a great fight for the championship in addition to Verstappen in the future and for the new season, Coulthard claims that this will be a promising year for the Ferrari man.
“The second year in marriage terms is the second year of itching. In motorsport, itching is certainly true in the second year, “Coulthard added, who raced for Williams (1994-95), McLaren (1996-2004) and Red Bull (2005-08).
Coulthard spoke during the unveiling of the new Scuderia AlphaTauri car for the following term
‘He has shown what he could do with Alfa Romeo, he is a natural talent. I look back on my own career while I was at Williams in 1995 – I had four pole positions in a row and I was never really considered a qualifier, but I was just so pressureless, expectation and I delivered pole positions.
‘I didn’t convert them because I didn’t have the experience and made mistakes, but if you go further in your career, it will be a different pressure.
“So I think this will be a very promising year for Charles.
“The minor error in qualifying in Azerbaijan, where he crashed the car, and things like that, he might smooth out them.
“Not entirely because Lewis is still making mistakes and it is clear that Sebastian Vettel made quite a few mistakes last year. But it will be interesting. “