2021 Title loss to be a bitter experience for Toto Wolff than Lewis Hamilton suggests David Coulthard
The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will go down in history as one of the most controversial races of all time in formula 1. The contending champions, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were neck to neck at the final race of the season. With Max Verstappen winning with the last-minute changes in the rule passed by Michael Masi, fans all over the world were left with mixed feelings from being overjoyed to dejected. Even though Mercedes won the Constructor’s championship for the eighth time in a row, Toto Wolff, Team Principal at Mercedes did not feel the sense of accomplishment and was furious with the judgement passed by the Stewarts over their protests against the ruling. After several trials, Toto Wolff and team did not seem to find any ray of hope and made the announcement of not pursuing the appeal over the race Stewards’ dismissal over Mercedes’ protest at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Seven-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton was seemingly heartbroken over the sudden change in safety car procedure which allowed racing to resume at the last lap, benefitting his Dutch rival, Max Verstappen and inevitably crowning him one of the youngest World Champion in f1 for the year 2021.
This win was important to Lewis as along with breaking the record of Michael Schumacher of highest wins by 103, he would also be breaking his seven-time World Championship record. At the moment, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are tied at seven times for winning the World Championship. After the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton did not react or comment on the following race, avoiding interviews and had reportedly refrained himself from posting any items on social media as well.
David Coulthard’s views on Lewis Hamilton’s loss
A British former racing driver from Scotland, David Coulthard believed that Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff and the team would be more hurt than Lewis Hamilton over his shocking 2021 title defeat in Abu Dhabi. Despite all the speculations and controversies, David Coulthard doubts that Hamilton is as bothered by the tile loss as the fans might speculate. He presumes that Hamilton might be bored with everyone saying that he was either robbed or he was the people’s champion, said Coulthard.
Hamilton’s future in F1
Due to the arrival of the new era in F1 with technical regulations and changes in the 2022 car, Mercedes seems to be uncertain with the promising speed of the car over the years. Leading to the dispute in whether it is the time for Lewis Hamilton to call time on his career with the rising rumors swirling around his career path. Despite all these rumors, Coulthard reckons that Hamilton will continue in the sport, directing to the new contract singed during the season.
Recalling his experience from battel between McLaren and Williams about 20 years ago, Coutlhard explained how emotions of battle quickly wear off and that Hamilton might have taken time to mourn as anyone would under this circumstance and will come back stronger. Coutlhard highlights the shock leaning towards the fans, team and Toto more than that of Hamilton.
F1 journalists Dieter Rencken, Thomas Maher and Mike Seymour still ponder over the possibility of Lewis Hamilton leaving F1 with a strong statement given by David Coulthard saying, “The Euphoria of success wears off quite quickly, and the disappointment of defeat wears off quite quickly as well.”