David Coulthard: 'Off-track distractions cost Hamilton'

Lewis Hamilton
© PA Photos
David Coulthard warns Lewis Hamilton about life in the public eye.

David Coulthard has said that off-track distractions cost Lewis Hamilton in his 2011 championship challenge.

The ex-Formula 1 ace warned the McLaren driver that life in the public eye is affecting his form.

"Lewis is a great driver and would be an asset for any team," Coulthard told The Sun. "But he has been through the growing pains of living his life in the public eye.

"The on/off relationships, his change of management, all of this inevitably affected his form because at this level you can't just turn up and think, 'This is a Grand Prix, now I'll focus.'

"You have to focus 100% all the time."

The 27-year-old, who joined McLaren in 2007, recently expressed interest in extending his contract with the team during the upcoming Formula 1 season.

Lewis Hamilton
Read Next:
Hamilton keen to reach contract agreement
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



TeamPoints
1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0