Coulthard: Hamilton is on form again

Coulthard: Hamilton is on form again

8 July 2014 – David Coulthard reckons Nico Rosberg should be more concerned about Lewis Hamilton being back on form, rather than the fact his championship lead was cut to just four points at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton comfortably won at Silverstone on Sunday, recovering from his mistake in Q3 the previous day, while Rosberg suffered his first retirement of the season in the sister Mercedes due to a terminal gearbox problem.

"If I was Rosberg right now, I would be more worried by the way Hamilton handled his comeback from the disappointment of qualifying, and his pace in the race, than I would be about the fact that my championship lead had been more or less wiped out by a gearbox failure," said Coulthard in his BBC Sport post-race review.

"That means Hamilton is on form, and when he's on form, he's very difficult for anyone to beat."

Coulthard added that he thinks Hamilton would have won even if Rosberg had managed to finish.

"I was actually a little concerned for Lewis after qualifying on Saturday, he seemed so distraught about what had happened," added Coulthard, who won 13 races during his time at the pinnacle of the sport. "But then he came back to the circuit on Sunday morning and he was in a completely different place.

"He had reinvented himself overnight and after that display in the race, there is no question in my mind that whatever strategy Hamilton was on, in like-for-like racing, he was going to beat his team-mate Nico Rosberg.

"That's the two sides of Hamilton. On the one hand you fear for him; on the other you marvel at his professionalism."

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