Lewis Hamilton has stated that he would never intentionally take out his Formula One opponent Max Verstappen in order to win the championship. The world champion was commenting as he prepared for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix after Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff suggested that both drivers would contemplate purposely colliding with their adversary in the last race of the season if it meant securing the title.
Verstappen leads the standings with five races remaining as they prepare to race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodrguez. He has a 12-point advantage over Hamilton and believes he can enhance it in Mexico.
The two drivers had previously collided twice this season, at Silverstone and Monza, resulting in devastating incidents, the latter of which saw both drivers eliminated from the race.
Wolff mentioned the bitter rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost earlier this week. At the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix, Prost hit Senna and won the race, but the following year, Senna, knowing that a DNF for both drivers would clinch his championship, drove into Prost and won the race.
In Mexico, however, Hamilton was unequivocal that he would not do so. “I have never won a championship in that way and would never want to,” the seven-time champion said. “I am here to win in the right way and that’s through sheer skill, determination and hard work.
Source : guardian sport