Max Verstappen has dismissed claims that he will crack under the pressure of fighting for his first Formula One world title. The Red Bull driver leads Lewis Hamilton by a slender margin heading into this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix. Hamilton had previously stated that the Dutchman’s lack of experience could be a factor in deciding the title.
With five races remaining, Verstappen has a 12-point advantage over Hamilton. Hamilton, 36, is seeking to win his eighth Formula One championship after winning his first in 2008, but Verstappen, 24, is racing for the first time in his career.
The two drivers have been in a nail-biting battle all season, and the stakes are getting higher as the season comes to a close. Hamilton mentioned his rival’s lack of expertise while speaking at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodrguez.
“I know Max has not won a championship in a long, long time,” he said. “I know what it’s like going for your first championship, and I know the pressures that come with that.”
The two drivers have been locked in a nail-biting struggle throughout the season, and the stakes are rising as the season draws to a climax. While addressing at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodrguez, Hamilton alluded to his opponent’s lack of experience.
“I like what I’m doing, so that takes the pressure off,” he said. “It’s not the first time I’ve been in a championship fight. Yes, the first time in F1 but not in my life so that doesn’t really change because you need to win, and that’s what I’ve been doing in the past, so I need to strive to do the same here.”
source : guardian sport