SOCHI – A defiant Max Verstappen on Thursday rejected ideas from Lewis Hamilton that he could also be feeling the strain of their title combat and stated it confirmed that the defending champion merely didn’t know him.
The Red Bull driver, who leads the championship by 5 factors, however has a three-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, added that he had put his Italian crash behind him and would proceed to race as exhausting as ever.
“Yeah, I’m so nervous I can barely sleep,” stated the Dutchman, with heavy sarcasm.
“I mean, it’s so horrible to fight for a title…. I really hate it!
“Those comments, it simply exhibits you that he actually does not know me – which is ok. I additionally needn’t know him, how he’s.
But a bullish Verstappen, 24 subsequent week, who was apportioned most blame for the pair’s dramatic Monza collision, maintained that he was not feeling any pressure this year after successful seven races to Hamilton’s 4 for Mercedes.
“It’s the best feeling ever to have a car, a great car, where you go into every weekend and you can fight for a win,” he instructed reporters.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re just leading a championship or not.”
He added that he was not dwelling on their crash at Monza and wouldn’t be wanting again.
“We are professional enough just to handle the situation. At the time, I think we are both upset with what happened, but it’s also important to move on.
“You cannot all the time look again as a result of if you need to try this with each single second in your life, not solely Formula One, then I feel you can be a really sore individual.
A feisty Verstappen additionally attacked his critics who accused him of strolling away from the scene of the Monza crash with out checking that Hamilton was unharmed.
He stated he might see that Hamilton was attempting to reverse his automobile out from beneath the Dutchman’s Red Bull, indicating that he was advantageous.
“There are a lot of hypocrites in the world, that’s for sure,” he stated.
“I jumped out of the car and looked to the left and he was still trying to reverse, shaking the wheel, trying to get away from under my car.”
He added that by flying to attend the Met Gala in New York on the next day, Hamilton demonstrated he was not harm.
“You only do that if you feel fine,” stated Verstappen.
Hamilton is in search of an unprecedented one hundredth F1 victory on Sunday to regain the lead within the title race.