Former Red Bull F1 Drivers Point Out the Chink in Lewis Hamilton’s Armour This Season

Since Nico Rosberg retired from the sport in 2016, Lewis Hamilton dominated Formula 1 by winning every driver’s championship. And after years of dominance, fans are finally witnessing a strong competitor to end the Briton’s supremacy in Max Verstappen this year.

The title protagonists are going wheel to wheel each race weekend, with Hamilton aiming to secure a record eighth world championship. On the other hand, Verstappen is seeking his first championship title.

Currently, Lewis Hamilton sits second in the driver’s championship, six points behind his arch-rival, Max Verstappen. And with just six races remaining this year, the Mercedes driver is under a lot of pressure.

Meanwhile, former Red Bull drivers, David Coulthard and Mark Webber are surprised by an unusual number of mistakes from the seven-time world champion this season.

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What did David Coulthard say?

As quoted by SpeedWeek.com, the 2001 driver’s championship runner-up, David Coulthard believes Lewis Hamilton is under pressure this season after witnessing a few costly errors and decisions from the Briton.

“There have been one or two incidents at Lewis, and most of the time he got away with it,” said David Coulthard

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race as the race is delayed due to bad weather Pool via REUTERS/John Thys.

“I’m talking about his slip into the gravel bed of Imola, for example, or the guardrail kiss in Russia. None of them were giant rams, but for me, they still show – he’s under pressure,” concluded Coulthard. (Translated via Google Translate)

Lewis Hamilton mistakes are already noticeable: Mark Webber

The nine-time grand prix winner, Mark Webber, pinpoints the Azerbaijan GP incident where the Briton accidentally pressed the so-called ‘magic button’ which costs him a win at Baku. And before the restart at the Hungarian GP, Lewis Hamilton started the race alone as the entire grid piled up in the pit lane to change their tires.

“We’re experiencing a phenomenal duel between Lewis and Max. But Hamilton’s mistakes are already noticeable,” said Mark Webber.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after crashing out of the race with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.

“There was also the big brake in Baku or the strange behavior before the restart in Hungary, when 19 drivers came in to change tires, and Hamilton was the only driver with intermediate tires to line up for the start. For me, some of these mistakes are rather untypical for Lewis,” added the former Australian driver.

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