Lewis Hamilton has opened up about his rivalry with Max Verstappen and how he feels about his battle for the F1 title by claiming that unlike himself, Max will jepeordise everything and crash in a head to head on track, thus ruining the team members chances of a bonus, therefore destroying their hard work.
The suspense is at its peak with only two races left this year. Since the start of the season, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been going head to head at every race. In the overall standings, the Red Bull team driver has 351.5 points at this stage of the season, just ahead of his Mercedes rival who has 343.5.
“With Max, you just have to be very, very wary”
Lewis Hamilton spoke of his battle with Max Verstappen:
“With Max, you just have to be very, very wary, more wary than ever. Rather than give someone the benefit of the doubt, you have to know that’s what’s going to happen, so you always have to be ready to avoid a collision at all costs, if that means going wide, because at the end of the day you want to see the end of the race, right?” says Hamilton.
The British driver continues, ensuring we all know that he wouldn’t risk his teams chances of fininical benefits by not backing out of a situation saying:
“If you are stubborn and you hold on, you will crash. So that’s what I tried to do in Brazil. I tried to make sure I didn’t crash. I know that sometimes that’s the way to go; you have to be the smartest. And sometimes you lose points by doing that, of course, but it’s not just me.
“I have 2000 people behind me and through this selfish position I have, the only one driving, I can’t say ‘No, I’m going to hold on’ and not finish the race. That can cost my team all the potential bonuses at the end of the year, all the hard work they have to do, damage to the car.”