Mexico City GP: Max Verstappen minimizes the “pressure” of Lewis Hamilton’s title, he will not change his approach

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

Last updated: 21/05/11 9:45


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

Despite Red Bull’s previous success in Mexico, Max Verstappen takes nothing for granted as he aims 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 a first world championship, or to change his approach, as the season moves towards its final home stretch.

Verstappen holds a 12-point lead over Hamilton ahead of an exciting five-race streak in six weeks to finish one of F1’s biggest title battles, starting with this weekend’s Mexico City GP. live on Sky Sport F1.

On Thursday’s media day, seven-time champion Hamilton – not for the first time this season – mentioned Verstappen’s inexperience saying, “I know Max hasn’t won a championship in a long, long time. I know what it’s like to go for your first championship, and I know the pressures that come with it. “

But Verstappen, just as he has been on track this season, was unabashed in his response when asked in his press conference how he managed to handle that pressure.

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

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Lewis Hamilton expects title rival Max Verstappen to be fastest in his Red Bull at this weekend’s Mexico City Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton expects title rival Max Verstappen to be fastest in his Red Bull at this weekend’s Mexico City Grand Prix

“It’s not the first time I’ve been fighting for the championship. Yes, the first time in F1 but not in my life, so it doesn’t really change because you have to win, and that’s what I’ve done in the past so I have to strive to do the same here.” .

The Mexico City GP looks set to be a good weekend for Verstappen, who took two wins at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, a circuit that tends to cater to the Red Bull and Honda package.

But Verstappen pointed out, “You may look good on paper but you still have to fine-tune your setup. It might look good to us, but we need to be on it from the first position onwards and make sure we go in the right direction with the car . “

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

Simon Lazenby is joined by Martin Brundle and Jenson Button to look forward to this weekend's Mexico City GP

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Simon Lazenby is joined by Martin Brundle and Jenson Button to look forward to this weekend’s Mexico City GP

Simon Lazenby is joined by Martin Brundle and Jenson Button to look forward to this weekend’s Mexico City GP

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

“My approach will be the same all year,” said Verstappen, who crashed heavily with Hamilton twice this year. “I always try to score the most points available out there, I’ve always done it, like Lewis does, like everyone else does. Obviously you always try to keep it clean.”

The first training session in Mexico City takes place on Friday at 5:30 pm.

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