Max Verstappen is not fazed by the mounting strain of his world championship combat in opposition to Lewis Hamilton, insisting defeat would not scare him.
The younger challenger and the seven-time champion restart hostilities in Istanbul on Sunday, after Hamilton edged two factors forward with victory in Russia earlier than F1 took a weekend off.
It was one other robust weekend for Verstappen although, ending second regardless of becoming a brand new energy unit and taking a grid penalty which dropped his Pink Bull to the again. Roles are reversed in Turkey with the Mercedes No 1 changing his engine and taking a ten-place penalty on the grid.
Max Verstappen is trailing Lewis Hamilton by a slender margin forward of the Turkish Grand Prix
The Dutchman’s Pink Bull is decked-out in a particular livery as he goals to take again the title lead
The Austrian squad’s automobile has lastly ended the German’s six-year dominance because the quickest on observe, and Verstappen’s first world title is on the road. The fiery Dutchman is not feeling the strain although.
‘I at all times do my greatest and I do know that the group can also be doing one of the best they’ll,’ Verstappen mentioned.
‘If that is going to be (the championship win) on the finish of the yr, that is in fact an incredible achievement and that is what we work for, proper?
‘However even when we’d end second, I believe we nonetheless would have had a terrific season. And on the finish of the day, it is probably not going to alter my life.
Lewis Hamilton has crashed together with his youthful rival twice already on this tense title battle
The duo wiped themselves out of the Italian Grand Prix, each males refusing to yield street area
‘I take pleasure in what I am doing and I believe that is additionally essential. So for me, there may be not a lot to fret about, actually.’
Since June’s French Grand Prix, Verstappen has triumphed in each race he is managed to not tangle with a Mercedes or taken a penalty.
Hamilton recklessly crashed into the Dutch driver at Silverstone and a slipshod transfer at Flip 1 in Hungary by Valtteri Bottas wrecked his Pink Bull rivals’ race. The latest tangle in Italy noticed each drivers bow out.
Verstappen was on a run of 4 wins in 5 races earlier this season, solely dropping Azerbaijan to his team-mate Sergio Perez after a weird tyre failure whereas the Dutchman was cruising to victory.
Verstappen has seven wins to his team-mate Sergio Perez’s one race victory this season
Now Verstappen is targeted on retaking the championship lead and an eighth victory of the season.
‘I do know that my group does one of the best they’ll they usually count on that from me and I at all times attempt to get one of the best out of that,’ he added.
‘We’re absolutely dedicated to attempt to make this successful collectively however you can’t drive issues.
‘You simply must work properly and work exhausting collectively after which we are going to discover out on the finish of the season the place that can put us. Is that first? Is that second? We do not know.’