Hamilton and Verstappen have been the main contenders for victories in all three races so far this season and Verstappen is Hamilton’s closest in the World Championship standings, suggesting they are the two title rivals in 2021.
However, Verstappen doesn’t see it that way and wasn’t ready to fuel the hype when considering the potential season ahead.
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“Personally not,” Verstappen said via Channel 4 when asked if he could feel the brew of a special season.
“I’m just very relaxed. I’m not stressed out or anything, I’m thinking about how really exciting this season can be. I come home and do my thing.
“This is not the first time that I have held this position. In Formula 1 yes, but not before.
“Of course that’s what I want but I don’t need to put extra pressure on myself to perform. I know what I can do and when I get to a race weekend I’ll do my best.
“For me, it works. If it happens, it happens, but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
“I understand, however, that people see it differently.
“I recently saw on Twitter the second round of the battle between ‘Lewis and Max’. I know they want to hype, but I’m a ‘come on guys’ type.
“I don’t see it that way. It’s more than me against Lewis or Lewis against me.
Asked what it would mean for him if he won the title of world champion in 2021, he replied: “Well, that’s what you do in Formula 1.
“I’m here to win at least one title, hopefully, because that was the goal. Sure, it’s great to win races every now and then, take pole positions or whatever, but of course that will be, say, a perfect job once you can win a title.
“I think we’ve got a good shot, but we’ve only done a few races and so much can still happen, so we just have to make sure we’re on top.
Verstappen heads to the fourth round of the Spanish Grand Prix with an eight-point gap to Hamilton, who leads the standings.
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