Coulthard backs Hamilton to adapt quickly

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Former Formula One driver David Coulthard has backed Britain’s Lewis Hamilton to adapt quickly to the regulation changes next season, and even go on to win the drivers’ championship should Mercedes provide him with the right car.

Hamilton left McLaren – Coulthard’s old team – at the end of 2012 in a move that many believed would not work out. However, he had the last laugh as he won one race with Mercedes and scored a string of podium finishes whilst McLaren struggled with a troublesome car. Now, Coulthard is backing the Briton to fare even better in 2014.

“Lewis Hamilton is a world-class driver and I have seen nothing to suggest that he is incapable of adapting,” he explained to The Daily Telegraph. “His win in Hungary proved that he could work the tires, drive quickly and sensibly, and claim wins in this formula.”

Coulthard was also quick to praise Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, but the one-time world championship runner-up believes that he would not be able to beat the Briton across the course of a season.

“Rosberg has proved a handful for him – perhaps more than many people expected – and the German enjoys the mental challenge of this new style of racing. But I am sure that if Mercedes give Lewis a car with which he is comfortable, he can win his second title.”

Hamilton has appeared at ease within the Mercedes setup, and the team is widely thought to have extensively planned for the regulation changes next season in a move that could give the Silver Arrows an edge over Red Bull in 2014.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”