Former Grand Prix star-turned-TV commentator David Coulthard believes that the Monaco pitstop debacle which cost Lewis Hamilton victory 10 days ago will have consequences that will take time to heal.
In his column in the Daily Telegraph, Coulthard said that Mercedes' erroneous pit call that cost Hamilton the Monaco Grand Prix win “will dent his confidence in the team. How could it not?”
He compared the decision to his own pitstop nightmare in the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix, where a slow stop – to investigate a tyre blister – coincided with a safety car for Olivier Panis’s leg-breaking crash that consigned him to a lowly finish from a race he could have won.
"More than wary in his response"
Coulthard said: “The next time Mercedes come over the radio and tell Lewis to come into the pits, expect him to be a little more than wary in his response. And quite rightly so.
“It will be extremely tricky to manage. An instruction from the team does not necessarily have to be obeyed, but if as a driver you start doubting every call then the fundamentals of how Formula 1 works start to break down.
“Lewis will come back in Canada knowing that he has the speed, but it will take time to heal the wounds and rebuild his total trust in the team.”