Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton Does Not Hold Any Hostility Against Max Verstappen

Will Lewis Hamilton be able to defend his title against Max Verstappen as the 2021 F1 season enters its business end?

Max Verstappen on Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

As the 2021 Formula 1 season gets tougher and more intense with each passing grand prix. However ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton reveals that he has no hostile feeling towards his rival Max Verstappen. Even the duo has collided on couple of occasions, the seven-time world champion stated that there are no grudges and both will continue to fight hard. 

Asked by ESPN how he would describe his relationship with Verstappen this season, Hamilton replied, “I don’t feel like it’s changed…it’s difficult, because when you are around people and you are in hostile scenarios, and when they are around you, they are one way with you and they are different when you are not around.” 

Lewis Hamilton on Max Verstappen 

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

“Me and Max, when we have seen each other after the race, I have always tried to be respectful whether he is first or he’s behind me. I always try to make sure I go over to him and it doesn’t feel any different to me. Of course, we sat in the stewards’ office the other day and it wasn’t hostile – he gave his point of view and I gave my point of view. 

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

“I called him after Silverstone but, again, I don’t mean to be patronising, but I’m much older. It was important for me to call and to be able to break the ice. I wouldn’t have been able to do that when I was 25. 

“I don’t hold any hostility against him. I feel he’s a tremendous talent and I’m enjoying racing with him. Do I agree with everything he does? It doesn’t even matter. All I can control is what I do and how I handle things. Whatever happens at the end of the year, we will shake hands and be back to fight again next year.”

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