Coulthard Defends Hamilton after Burnout Saga

After Mark Webber, another member of the Red Bull Racing organization, former Grand Prix driver and current advisor for the Milton Keynes team David Coulthard also defended Lewis Hamilton following his incident with the Victorian police last weekend.

The 2008 Formula One champion was pulled over by the police on Friday, after doing some burnouts for the fans. The incident was blown way out of proportion, leading to Victoria's Road Minister Tim Pallas calling Hamilton a “d***head” for endangering the lives of civilians (although that was hardly the case).

I know I'll get accused of being irresponsible here, but I really don't see the big deal about Lewis indulging in a little burnout for the fans. In my view, the reaction to what was essentially a minor incident was completely over the top,” wrote DC in his weekly column with the Daily Telegraph.

I understand the road-safety issue, but Lewis is one of the best drivers on this planet. There is no one I would trust more to burn a bit of rubber and keep the car under perfect control,” added the current BBC pundit.

Referring to the same incident, Webber revealed he is “p***** off" for having to return to Victoria year in and year out for the F1 race, labeling the Australian region as a “bloody nanny state when it comes to what we can do.”

However, according to DC, a lot of frustration that Hamilton experienced over the weekend could have been easily avoided with the help of a manager, which he currently lacks after his father Anthony “quit the job” prior to the start of the season.

The folly of not appointing a replacement showed over the weekend,” opinionated Coulthard. “Having no manager is like a top tennis player having no coach. It's fine when you are playing well but as soon as you are struggling people will point to it as a weakness. (...) Lewis needs to appoint a replacement soon so he can concentrate on his day job.”
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