The 2021 F1 season’s major title contenders, Lewis Hamilton, and Max Verstappen, recently caused chaos at Silverstone during the race. While the seven-time world champion escaped with minor front wing damage to his car, it wasn’t as simple for the Dutchman, whose car was pretty much shattered into pieces.
This led to a wave of hype from the entire F1 fandom, with most of them claiming the incident to have kindled an ugly rivalry between the duo.
Hence, it looked like there could be more such Verstappen-Hamilton encounters over the rest of the season, much like the Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry in 2016. However, Verstappen isn’t necessarily obliging to the hype being fueled into the ongoing duel.
As reported by F1, the Red Bull driver opined that he isn’t interested in kick-starting a rivalry with Hamilton. Hence, this could mean that Verstappen will try to avoid the replication of the Silverstone incident in the future.
“I don’t have much to say on all the media hype. And to be honest, I am not interested in getting involved in that,” he clarified.
Ever since the race at Monte Carlo, Verstappen had slowly been extending his lead to Hamilton, and the gap between the duo ahead of the British Grand Prix was 33 points.
However, the dramatic incident at Silverstone meant that the difference fell down to a mere eight points. Hence, from the Hungarian GP, Verstappen will have the massive task of building the gap to the Briton from scratch.
The Dutchman opened up that his focus is entirely intact on winning every single race over the remaining course of the season.
“My job is the same as always, to be the best I can and try to win on Sunday,” Verstappen said.