David Coulthard explains why Lewis Hamilton will be bored of Max Verstappen claims

Mercedes boss hopes ‘robbed’ Lewis Hamilton will continue racing

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Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard believes seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is ‘bored’ of listening to claims regarding his feelings towards Max Verstappen’s controversial 2021 title win. Red Bull star Verstappen secured a maiden world title in dramatic and controversial circumstances at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after he and title rival Hamilton went into the season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit tied on points. 

The Dutchman passed the seven-time world champion – who had dominated for much of the race – on the final lap of the season as a late Safety Car and tyre change swung momentum in his favour. 

Mercedes’ fury was largely aimed at FIA race director Michael Masi after he decided to not allow cars to unlap themselves, as is tradition, only to change his mind to set up the final lap showdown between Hamilton and Verstappen.

The Silver Arrows withdrew their appeal against the result after the FIA pledged an investigation into the events surrounding the Safety Car procedures. 

Hamilton and Mercedes team members did not conduct any other media interviews after the season finale, and the seven-time world champion is yet to post on his social media since the finale in Abu Dhabi.

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Hamilton is yet to commit to the 2022 season as he awaits the findings of the FIA investigation. 

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes he is ‘disillusioned’ with the sport, while McLaren CEO Zak Brown admitted he would not be surprised if the Brit opted to retire.

Coulthard reckons the seven-time world champion is less bothered by the events that unfolded than people think.

“I think he will be bored with everyone saying to him, ‘You were robbed, Lewis!’ or ‘You’re the people’s champion, Lewis!’,” Coulthard told The Telegraph.

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“He’ll be avoiding even having those conversations. 

“I can’t compare myself to Lewis in terms of success or speed but one thing I think I can relate to is that emotional detachment, once the moment’s gone.

“The euphoria of success wears off quite quickly, and the disappointment of defeat wears off quite quickly as well.”

An FIA investigation has since been launched amid the uncertainty surrounding Hamilton, and Mercedes are set to unveil their new car for the 2022 season on 18 February. 

However, it is likely that Hamilton will opt to see out the remainder of his two-year contract, which is valued in the region of £70million.

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