Max Verstappen is not tempted to dial down his uncompromising approach to wheel-to-wheel combat despite his growing lead in the championship.Lewis Hamilton. But he said that won’t factor be a factor in how he tackles the race.
“Not really, my approach will be the same as the whole year,” said Verstappen. “I always try to score the most available points out there, I always have, like Lewis does, like everyone else does. Of course you always try to keep it clean.”
The pair have tangled twice already this year. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff recently predicted the championship fight could end in a collision between the pair, as happened with drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in previous years.
Verstappen said he isn’t dwelling on that possibility. “I don’t really think about previous historic fights between two drivers, what they have done, that’s the past.
“I just focus on what I have to do on-track, of course, and that’s to try and do the best I can. That’s how, at the end of the day you’re going to win the championship, to try and get the most available points out there and of course beat your rival.”
As he heads into the final five races with the upper hand, Verstappen said he’s having no trouble staying relaxed and focused.
“I like what I’m doing so that takes the pressure off,” he said. “It’s not the first time I’ve been in a championship fight. Yes, it’s the first time in Formula 1 but not in my life.
“So at the end of the day that doesn’t really change because you need to win and that’s what I have been doing in the past as well so I need to try to do the same here. When the car is capable to win I’ll win. When the car is not capable of winning I won’t win.”
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