Max Verstappen pushed back against suggestions that he and Lewis Hamilton were sure to collide at some point and that he had something to prove in the Formula One championship battle.
McLaren boss Zak Brown said last week the rivalry could create a chance for his team because “it is just a matter of time until both are determined to not let up into turn one and neither come out”.
Red Bull’s Verstappen and Mercedes’ seven-time world champion have gone wheel to wheel in all four races so far, with Hamilton winning three to the Dutch driver’s sole success.
Hamilton says ahead of Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix at 3pm: “We’ve got 19 more [races] to go and we could connect, hopefully not.”
Verstappen says ahead of Sunday’s 3pm Monaco Grand Prix: “Avoiding contact, I think it goes both ways. So we have done well, that’s true.
“But yeah, we race hard, we avoided the contact both sides. Let’s hope we can keep doing that and keep being on track and race hard against each other.”
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