Mexico City GP: Max Verstappen downplays Lewis Hamilton’s title ‘pressure’, won’t change focus

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Max Verstappen remains unflappable when he talks about the pressure for the title, but admits: “There are still a lot of races to go and a lot can go wrong”; Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by 12 points with five races remaining, starting with the Mexico City GP

Last update: 11/05/21 9:45 am


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Despite Red Bull’s previous success in Mexico, Max Verstappen takes nothing for granted as he seeks to win his first world title.

Despite Red Bull’s previous success in Mexico, Max Verstappen takes nothing for granted as he seeks to win his first world title.

Max Verstappen has once again shrugged off the pressure of his title fight against Lewis Hamilton and refuses to dream of an inaugural world championship, or change his focus, as the season moves toward its defining home stretch.

Verstappen has a 12-point lead over Hamilton ahead of a thrilling five-race race in six weeks to end one of F1’s biggest title battles, beginning with this weekend’s Mexico City GP. live on Sky Sports F1.

On Thursday media day, seven-time champion Hamilton, not for the first time this season, brought up Verstappen’s inexperience when he said, “I know Max hasn’t won a championship in a long, long time. I know. which is to go for your first championship, and I know the pressures that come with it. “

But Verstappen, as he has been on the track this season, was unflappable in his response when asked at his own press conference how he has managed to handle such pressure.

“I like what I’m doing you know,” he replied. “So that takes the pressure off.

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Lewis Hamilton hopes his title rival Max Verstappen will be faster in his Red Bull at this weekend’s Mexico City Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton hopes his title rival Max Verstappen will be faster in his Red Bull at this weekend’s Mexico City Grand Prix.

“It’s not the first time that I’m in a championship fight. Yes, the first time in F1, but not in my life, so that doesn’t change because you need to win, and that’s what I’ve been doing in the past. so I have to do my best to do the same here. “

The Mexico City GP looks to be a good weekend for Verstappen, who has scored two victories at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, a circuit that tends to fit into the Red Bull and Honda package.

But Verstappen emphasized: “You can look good on paper, but you still have to nail your set-up. It may look good to us, but we have to be in it from P1 onwards and make sure we are going in the right direction. with the car.

He added to Sky F1 about his title chances: “There are still a lot of races ahead and a lot can go wrong. I just need to focus on this weekend and then after this we will focus on the next one, and then we will see Abu Dhabi “.

Simon Lazenby joins Martin Brundle and Jenson Button in looking ahead to this weekend's Mexico City GP.

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Simon Lazenby joins Martin Brundle and Jenson Button in looking ahead to this weekend’s Mexico City GP.

Simon Lazenby joins Martin Brundle and Jenson Button in looking ahead to this weekend’s Mexico City GP.

One thing is for sure, Verstappen will not change his often uncompromising approach to racing.

“My approach will be the same as it was the entire year,” said Verstappen, who has crashed heavily with Hamilton twice this year. “I always try to score as many points as available, I always did, like Lewis does, like everyone else. Of course, you always try to keep it clean.”

The first practice in Mexico City takes place at 5.30 pm on Friday.

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