Dutch Formula One driver and F1 title contender Max Verstappen says he couldn’t be bothered less about how and who British rival Lewis Hamilton is, and that the only thing he cares about right now is getting into a great car every weekend before fighting for the win.
The Dutchman seemed everything but impressed by Hamilton’s comments about him before the weekend’s Russian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s had appeared to suggest that Verstappen was starting to feel the pressure of his maiden Formula One world championship fight, which was met by only deadpan sarcasm by the Red Bull driver.
The tension between the two men is undoubtedly largely down to the closely contested fight for the title, with Verstappen leading the race by 5 points. Also not helping the situation is the recent collision between the two at Monza, for which Verstappen has been ruled has having been largely to blame.
Hamilton earlier on suggested that Verstappen appears to be experiencing the same pressure as what he himself had to live through during his own first title fight in 2007 at the age of only 22. Verstappen, who turns 23 this year, is now for the first time in the mix to win a maiden F1 title. According to Hamilton, he could clearly see the same inexperience he himself had felt all those years ago shine through in an inexperienced Verstappen as the two fought wheel-to-wheel.
Verstappen has reacted to Hamilton’s comments by saying that while he’s too nervous to sleep right now, it’s all about the excitement of competing, and that Hamilton truly did not really know him at all.
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