David Coulthard: “Verstappen in Hamilton’s head”


The 246-time GP participant David Coulthard is convinced that psychology played a decisive role in the exciting title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

In the thrilling title duel in 2021, Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen and Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton pushed their limits, mentally and physically. Ultimately, long-time Formula 1 driver David Coulthard is convinced that the Dutchman had a psychological advantage.

The 50-year-old Scot says as a GP expert on English Channel 4: “Max is an outstanding personality, an extraordinary athlete. He’s brilliant and divides the fans. I can think of two other drivers of a similar kind – Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. “

The 13-time GP winner Coulthard continues: «Against the concentrated power of Mercedes and Lewis, Max took a different approach. His motto was – if a door is open even a crack, then I poke that gap. “

“I think Verstappen got into Hamilton’s head that way, because Lewis knew Max would always attack. Hamilton won all of his titles in a very fair way, there was hardly any controversy. “

For Coulthard it is clear: “Max’s father Jos played a very important role for Verstappen. Jos taught Max that he needn’t fear anyone. The young Verstappen was so good that he was even able to skip a few junior classes to get into Formula 1. “

“Today this absolute fearlessness is part of Max’s psychological framework. He always attacks immediately, that’s what makes the most impression on him. I still remember how I myself weighed up in such situations: ‘Should I risk it now or maybe not?’ There is no such thing with Max. He hits the nail on the head, that’s really something very special. “

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