Max Verstappen insists he isn’t feeling any strain as his title battle with Lewis Hamilton enters its closing section.
Verstappen is three factors behind Hamilton with seven races left to run this yr and is going through his first actual alternative to problem for the championship since making his Components One debut in 2015.
Nonetheless, in a press convention forward of this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, Verstappen harassed that shedding the championship to Hamilton wouldn’t have any actual influence on his life.
“I all the time do my greatest and I do know the crew is all the time doing the perfect they’ll,” Verstappen stated. “If that is going to be sufficient, on the finish of the yr first, then that is an incredible achievement and that is what we work for, proper?
“However I feel even when we end second we could have had a fantastic season, and on the finish of the day it is not going to vary my life. I take pleasure in what I am doing and I feel that can also be crucial. For me there may be not a lot to fret about, actually.”
Verstappen’s Pink Bull crew has not gained a title since 2013 and has endured seven straight years of its major rival Mercedes securing dominant championship victories. However Verstappen stated the temper in his crew was not including any strain.
“You should not actually stress,” he added. “I do know that my crew does the perfect they’ll and so they anticipate that from me and I all the time attempt to get the perfect out of that. So we’re totally dedicated after all to attempt to make this success collectively, however you can not power issues.
“You simply should work nicely and work laborious collectively after which we are going to discover out on the finish of the season the place that may put us. Is it first, or is it second? We do not know.”
Hamilton, who has gained seven titles in his profession and is preventing for a record-breaking eighth, stated totally different drivers take care of strain in several methods.
“I feel you’ll be able to resolve… it is not a case of ignoring it, because it’s there, nevertheless it’s the understanding that what can be can be,” Hamilton stated. “All you are able to do is put together one of the simplest ways you’ll be able to, all you are able to do is give it 100 p.c and what’s arising is arising.
“I simply don’t fret about these issues. I am very lucky prior to now I’ve had plenty of ups and downs however had an incredible time, numerous development, I do not fear about ‘what if’, that is up forward.
“I attempt to put together for now, which means ensuring I’ve accomplished the work with the blokes again on the manufacturing facility, Bono [Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington] and the crew, and that finally we take pleasure in it. We have got to take pleasure in it.
“What an incredible season it has been to this point, it has been tremendous thrilling for followers, massively partaking with Netflix all over the world, new folks coming in, we lastly see two groups neck and neck which is superb, and naturally we need to win. However you have to be taught to let that not overtake all the things in your life.”