Lewis Hamilton may perhaps be displaying no symptoms of slowing down but David Coulthard nonetheless has uncertainties whether or not the Mercedes star will carry on driving when his Components one deal expires upcoming 12 months.
5-time globe winner Hamilton dominated exercise at the period-opening Australian Grand Prix in an ominous warning in advance of Saturday’s qualifying in Melbourne.
The Briton is in sight of a document eighth general pole and sixth straight at Albert Park on Saturday.
And previous Components one star Coulthard thought Hamilton’s assault on the document guides may perhaps not finish there.
The Scot claimed Hamilton experienced the possible to crack Michael Schumacher’s document of 7 globe titles.
‘The stream is just… lovely – it can be how Components one autos are intended to be’@LewisHamilton topped each exercise periods on Friday— Components one (@F1)
But Coulthard nonetheless reckoned it was “50-50” whether or not the 34-12 months-aged would have on when his beneficial Mercedes offer operates out at the finish of 2020.
Coulthard claimed 39-12 months-aged Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen’s existence in the 2019 area proved age was no barrier but he felt Hamilton may perhaps be tempted to wander absent.
“I believe it is 50-50 whether or not Lewis will go over and above the finish of his deal,” he explained to AAP.
“He will be 35. I know Kimi is 39 but I stopped at 37 and I was finding worn out — I believe it will be attention-grabbing to see how lengthy he goes.”
Coulthard did not rule out the Briton overtaking Schumacher on the document record but claimed Hamilton experienced currently performed more than enough to be deemed a Components one good.
“It’s an remarkable operate of 7 titles but documents are intended to be damaged,” he claimed.
“I really do not believe it would make me believe extra of Lewis if he received 6 or 8 titles.
“I believe he is currently founded as a person of the greats of the activity.”
But Coulthard admitted there may perhaps be a person issue Hamilton may perhaps in no way get — the United kingdom public’s adoration.
Even though brief to accept Hamilton’s greatness, Coulthard was remaining scratching his head above why the United kingdom community experienced not embraced him.
He cited Hamilton getting neglected for the 2018 BBC Sporting activities Temperament of the Yr award, taken out by Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.
“For the BBC Sporting activities Temperament of the Yr, which is a community vote, the Tour de France winner claimed it and not Lewis,” he claimed.
“You would believe a 5-time globe winner was heading to get it. He’s divisive, but he’s a wonderful person.
“He may perhaps not be everyone’s cup of tea but he is not an intense vindictive, knife in the back again type of person.
“But for what ever explanation in the broader community he’s not that very well appreciated.”