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David Coulthard says Lewis Hamilton may retire 'sooner than we all want'

21 March, 2017, 17:30 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

The 1996 Formula 1 champion said that Mercedes should give Hamilton the freedom he demands or risk him from being snagged by a rival team.

Non-executive chairman Niki Lauda admits Mercedes will "see how it goes" with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Though Hamilton is regarded by many to be the strongest driver on the current grid, Bottas has absolutely no doubts he can rise to the challenge in 2017.

"For me it's a great opportunity", he continued.

Bottas, previously with Williams, has replaced 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, who retired days after winning his first title. "Do I have to say more?", Red Bull principal Christian Horner told the official F1.com website.

"We have been very successful over the last three years through stable rules - but no team has ever maintained its success over such a big regulation change before", said Wolff. The sport's most successful team endured a trying and winless season previous year but have been quietly going about their business, saying little and setting no expectations.

Rosberg surprised everyone after he chose to retire at the end of last season and Coulthard feels Hamilton might do the same at the end of this season.

The Mercedes star narrowly missed out on the F1 crown a year ago to then-teammate Nico Rosberg but is favourite to finish top ahead of the season opener in Australia. Hamilton also already tied his hero Ayrton Senna with three world championships, so he might not have the same level of personal motivation, much like how Rosberg felt ready to walk away after achieving his life's goal. The 32-year-old driver is known for his lavish celebrity lifestyle while maintaining unrivaled performance once on the track. "As long as I do my job so that my performance on track is at the level the auto should be, we're all good. We know he's good but how good is he?"

"I'm sure he's going to put a lot of pressure on Lewis [Hamilton]". I see no reason why it shouldn't continue like that.

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