David Coulthard believes that Lewis Hamilton should receive more praise after the Briton wrapped up his fifth world title last weekend. Hamilton crossed the line in fourth place, which was more than enough to secure his second back-to-back championship.
The Briton had quite an unspectacular race, suffering on the Pirelli tyres as Ferrari and Red Bull got the better of Mercedes. Hamilton only needed to finish in seventh place to secure the title, but it was safe as Sebastian Vettel failed to win the Grand Prix.
Hamilton's lifestyle has been criticised by some in recent years, as the Mercedes driver spends a lot of his free time travelling and exploring other opportunities outside of Formula 1. However Coulthard says that his results should stand alone and prove his value as a driver.
"There's no question he's an exceptional driver," Coulthard told BBC Sport. "He can be divisive but whether you like his personality or like his lifestyle, you have to recognise he is an iconic and successful British racing driver and we should be celebrating that more.
"I think we're quite shy about our success in the UK. If we look at America, they just had their World Series in baseball, it's a domestic championship but they talk about it like it's the world. We don't really celebrate how good we are across the board. We're good at what we do, not just in motorsport, and we need to shout about it more."
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