David Coulthard has doubted the wisdom of Lewis Hamilton in pledging to stay with McLaren for the rest of his career.
Coulthard told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: "In terms of trying to achieve wins it would be silly of him to stay there if the car wasn’t performing."
The 37-year-old urged the young Brit that he should concentrate on his short-term goals in order to retain his drivers’ championship.
"None of us knows what the future holds," he said.
Life might be a little different for Coulthard in the future. The Brazilian Grand Prix was his last F1 race, bringing the curtain down on a 14-season career which saw him win 13 Grand Prixs.
He also amassed 62 podium finishes and is the seventh most successful British driver of all time.
Hamilton must deal with the pressure of succeeding expectations that he will become the most successful F1 man these shores have ever produced.
He has not been idle since acquiring the title. Last week he appeared at McLaren’s headquarters in Woking to thank the 100 McLaren staff who work there and assure them that he "ain’t going nowhere".
Written by James Christie