Welcome at RN365

You are logged in. Benefit directly from all the benefits of your account:

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits

Welcome at RN365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
fri 26 mar - sun 28 mar
  • 1 HAM LAP 56
  • 2 VER + 0.745
  • 3 BOT + 37.383
ita
fri 16 apr - sun 18 apr
  • 1 VER LAP 63
  • 2 HAM + 22.000
  • 3 NOR + 23.702
bhr
por
fri 30 apr - sun 02 may
  • 1 HAM LAP 66
  • 2 VER + 29.148
  • 3 BOT + 33.530
ita
esp
fri 07 may - sun 09 may
  • 1 HAM LAP 66
  • 2 VER + 15.841
  • 3 BOT + 26.610
por
mco
thu 20 may - sun 23 may
  • 1 VER LAP 78
  • 2 SAI + 8.968
  • 3 NOR + 19.427
esp
aze
fri 04 jun - sun 06 jun
  • 1 PER LAP 51
  • 2 VET + 1.385
  • 3 GAS + 2.762
mco
fra
fri 18 jun - sun 20 jun
  • 1 VER LAP 53
  • 2 HAM + 2.904
  • 3 PER + 8.811
aze
aut
fri 25 jun - sun 27 jun
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 HAM + 35.743
  • 3 BOT + 46.907
fra
aut
fri 02 jul - sun 04 jul
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 BOT + 17.973
  • 3 NOR + 20.019
aut
gbr
fri 16 jul - sun 18 jul
  • 1 HAM LAP 52
  • 2 LEC + 3.871
  • 3 BOT + 11.125
aut
hun
fri 30 jul - sun 01 aug
  • 1 OCO LAP 70
  • 2 HAM + 2.736
  • 3 SAI + 15.018
gbr
bel
fri 27 aug - sun 29 aug
  • 1 VER LAP 1
  • 2 RUS
  • 3 HAM
hun
nld
fri 03 sep - sun 05 sep
  • 1 VER LAP 72
  • 2 HAM + 20.932
  • 3 BOT + 56.460
bel
ita
fri 10 sep - sun 12 sep
  • 1 RIC LAP 53
  • 2 NOR + 1.747
  • 3 BOT + 4.921
nld
rus
fri 24 sep - sun 26 sep
  • 1 HAM LAP 53
  • 2 VER + 53.271
  • 3 SAI + 62.475
ita
tur
fri 08 oct - sun 10 oct
  • 1 BOT LAP 58
  • 2 VER + 14.584
  • 3 PER + 33.471
rus
usa
fri 22 oct - sun 24 oct
  • 1 VER LAP 56
  • 2 HAM + 1.333
  • 3 PER + 42.223
tur
mex
fri 05 nov - sun 07 nov
  • 1 VER LAP 71
  • 2 HAM + 16.555
  • 3 PER + 17.752
usa
bra
fri 12 nov - sun 14 nov
  • 1 HAM LAP 71
  • 2 VER + 10.496
  • 3 BOT + 13.576
mex
qat
fri 19 nov - sun 21 nov
  • 1 HAM LAP 57
  • 2 VER + 25.743
  • 3 ALO + 59.457
bra
sau
fri 03 dec - sun 05 dec

F1 standings

  • 1 VER 351.5
  • 2 HAM 343.5
  • 3 BOT 203
FP1 fri 03 dec
FP2 fri 03 dec
FP3 sat 04 dec
Quali sat 04 dec
Race sun 05 dec
qat
are
fri 10 dec - sun 12 dec
Quali sat 11 dec
Race sun 12 dec
sau
Start Saudi Arabian GP
Days
Hour
Min.
Sec.
Formula 1

Coulthard: Verstappen beating Hamilton to '21 title would be good for F1

David Coulthard believes that Lewis Hamilton losing his crown to Max Verstappen this season would be good for the sport, as well as Hamilton himself...

Article
To news overview © Mercedes

David Coulthard is backing Max Verstappen for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship, believing that it would be better for the sport if the Dutch driver wins the title after seven years of Mercedes domination.

The Scottish former F1 driver turned TV pundit believes Verstappen winning the title would also push Hamilton to ever greater heights, with a fresh external challenge from a driver at another team.

Coulthard explained that his choice isn't necessarily a case of Verstappen being the better driver, but simply the fact that Verstappen is still in the early stages of his career versus the veteran Hamilton

"Both of them deserve it, so this isn't a question of just one deserving it more or does one have a better car," Coulthard told the UK's TalkSport.

"They are both exceptional athletes at the top of their game, [in] two different parts of their careers. Lewis is 36 and Max is 24 – very different. Lewis is a seven-time champion and Max is trying to get his first.

"In the end, when the helmet goes on and the visor closes, they are just racers and both able to perform better than anyone else currently."

But Coulthard believes Verstappen's youth, and his appeal to a whole new generation of fans, makes him the better choice for victory in 2021.

"I think Max winning the championship would be better for the sport. It would be a good little reset for Lewis as well to keep his motivation," added Coulthard.

"He always says the eighth title doesn't change anything for him and it certainly wouldn't make his legacy any better.

"He's an exceptional driver and has earned that right. I look at some of the youngsters who come up to me who are gamers, Max is a gamer and they relate to him.

"The business of sport is about trying to capture new audiences and trying to bring those eyeballs to the track. I think Max will do that."

"It's going to the wire"

While Verstappen has outscored Hamilton at each of the last three Grands Prix, Coulthard doesn't believe it's going to be smooth sailing for Verstappen from here, despite his 19-point lead over Hamilton with four races remaining.

F1 heads to Brazil this weekend, returning to Interlagos for the first time since 2019. It's expected to be a venue that suits Red Bull more than Mercedes, once again, and Coulthard believes Hamilton will have to dig deep.

"I think this is going to the wire. This is going to ebb and flow," he commented.

"There's a feeling that Lewis really needs to deliver this weekend. It is a circuit Max has been exceptional at and Red Bull have done well at in the past.

"The weather can turn that on its head. We've also seen Max get taken out while leading the Grand Prix a few years ago (referring to the 2018 race).

"I think it's going to Abu Dhabi, I hope it goes to Abu Dhabi. I'm nervous because I'm a fan. I can't influence who wins and I'm just enjoying the ride.

"This is a great season of Formula 1 and is engaging. Previous seasons haven't quite delivered that."

It's time for the latest episode of the RacingNews365 podcast, with F1 journalists Dieter Rencken, Thomas Maher and Mike Seymour discuss Max Verstappen's dominant victory and much, much more from the Mexico City Grand Prix.

RN365 News dossier F1 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix

The latest news about the Sao Paulo Grand Prix straight from the Interlagos Circuit.

1 comment

x
Ricciardo exclusive Verstappen is the second best driver in F1