DC: Lewis needs a manager

David Coulthard has told Lewis Hamilton that he should appoint a new manager as soon as possible so he can concentrate on his job behind the wheel and challenging for the F1 2010 drivers’ title.

Hamilton had a weekend to forget in Australia, limping home sixth after being taken out by Red Bull’s Mark Webber, while his new team-mate and fellow countryman Jenson Button took the win. He also failed to make it through to the top-10 shoot-out in qualifying on the Saturday and had to suffer the embarrassment of having his Mercedes road car impounded after his run-in with the local police on the Friday.

Post-race Hamilton was critical of his team too for ruining what he described as one of the ‘best drives of his life’ with the wrong strategy. While he has since said that he understands what the team was doing, it hasn’t stopped the critics.

Indeed now that his father, Anthony, has stopped acting as his manager, Lewis has still to appoint a successor, and DC believes that is a mistake and that something is definitely ‘amiss’.

“Where is the reassuring arm around his shoulder? Where is the sound advice coming from? Where is his father?” Coulthard asked in his latest column for British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph.

“Lewis’s decision to dispense with Anthony’s services as his manager last month was hailed as a coming-of-age move on his part. But the folly of not appointing a replacement showed over the weekend. 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.

“I don’t know if they have had a bust-up but it does strike me as odd that apparently they did not speak to one another in the aftermath of Friday’s incident. Either way, Lewis needs to appoint a replacement soon so he can concentrate on his day job.”

Coulthard meanwhile added that Hamilton’s ‘brush with the law’ was a bit of a storm in a teacup and – somewhat controversially – the Scot added he couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.

“All sorts of questions arise from the incident when Hamilton was stopped by the Melbourne police. What has happened to Lewis’ relationship with his father? Why was he in such a “distressed” state on Saturday? Come to that, why did everyone get so worked up about it all in the first place?

“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.

“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.

“A minor slap on the wrist would have sufficed, although it would have been even more constructive to commit him to some sort of road safety project in Melbourne schools for next year.”

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Good Point Short memeroy. However Why is Vettel not moaning and giveing out at every chance. He had similar upbringing and I believe he is younger than Hamilton…

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I believe that a lot that happens to Hamilton is his own fault. For example Australia 2009 – Lying to the marshals. (Surly he should have known better) Australia 2010 – Giving out to the team about bringing him in for tyres. Both could have been avoided. Not to mention the retarded statement of Webbers retirement or that his Mom found Bahrain boring. All of this is his own doing and absolutely unnecessary. That’s all just off the cuff with no digging. I can’t give one example of Vettel who is still younger…

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Hamilton is doing good at the moment. He’s set fast lap times and we know that he is capable of pushing his car to its limits. But the comment he said to the engineers was uncalled for. He should realize that Mclaren does not drive for him; He drives for Mclaren

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coulthard for manager!!! hes wasting his time in the dtm…

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Look what happened to Tiger Woods when he lost the strong controlling influence of his father as manager!

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..yeah he got laid singsling

i think Lewis is a petulant child, Motorsport is a gentleman’s sport, and he is making it quite apparent that he has no business in it.

furthermore i recon he ought to have been penalized for the weaving in Sepang, he got off easy with that warning.

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Lewis needs a manager. Agreed. I disagree that he needs one for the reasons DC says. Vettel is not only His Own Manager, but is also a bit More Mature than Lewis. Could you imagine how Lewis would have reacted if he had Vettel’s luck in Bahrain and Australia?

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lewis is a big cry baby who claims all the wins for himself and all the failures as being someone elses fault.
yes he does drive well, but with the petulance and attitude of alonso, nothing good can come of it

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Pointed statement YM I thought the rule was one move to protect position, that weave x3 was a stop and go at best.

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