Lewis Hamilton needs to temper his aggression if he wants to add another title to his tally.
That is the claim of Joan Villadelprat, the F1 veteran who is bidding to bring his Le Mans team Epsilon Euskadi onto the grand prix grid next year.
He also writes a column in the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
“Lewis Hamilton needs to calm down a bit to get the most out of his potential,” wrote Villadelprat.
“For me, he is one of the top three drivers in formula one, on the level of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.”
Whilst running second in Barcelona and eyeing second place in the drivers’ championship, Hamilton suffered a tyre failure and crashed.
McLaren believes debris caused the problem, but even Hamilton was amazed that he has suffered more tyre failures since debuting in 2007 “than most people have in their whole lifetime”.
Villadelprat added: “I’m not saying what was the cause of his problem on Sunday. But his history has shown that as a result of aggressive driving, he is one of the drivers who most consumes his tyres.
“And now that the tyres must withstand runs in excess of 50 laps, it can cause many problems,” said the Spaniard.