Hamilton and Verstappen on whether they need ‘a sitdown’

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At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Thursday press conference Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were asked if they think the need to discuss how they will race on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are entering the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi with equal points.

Considering there have been a lot of incidents between the two this season, at the Thursday press conference they were asked if they think they need to sit down and talk about how they’ll race on Sunday.

“I don’t think we need to sit down,” Verstappen said.

“I think we are both here to win. I will do everything to win and win the championship, ultimately – whatever is necessary in terms of points.

“I think we’ve raced really well together already the whole year and I think we put on a great show for everyone at the end of the day. Hopefully we can do that again here.”

Hamilton agreed that ‘a sitdown’ was not necessary.

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“I don’t think so,” Lewis said.

“I think, as Max mentioned, we’ve had lots of races. There’s been lots of good, and there’s been, obviously, incidents.

“But I’d like to think, hopefully, we learn from all these things and then move forward.”

Both drivers were then asked if they are already thinking about any possible incidents this weekend.

“I think we just have to focus on the positive for this weekend,” Verstappen said.

“We just want action on track. I think from both sides, we want to win, clearly. It should be about that, not about controversial decisions.”

Hamilton, who will lose the title if both drivers fail to finish, also said he is not worried ahead of time.

“Honestly, I just don’t give it any energy,” Lewis explained.

“I’m here to do the best job I can with this incredible team and going back to it again, we never thought that we would be neck and neck going into the last race.

“We’ve had an amazing recovery collectively as a team and we’ve been in a great position these last few races so we go full steam ahead with that same focus, and we don’t waste energy on things that are out of our control.

“[Red Bull] won here last year, so without doubt, they’re going to be strong this weekend. But I think we’ve chased and caught up a lot.

“And I think you can come here and be strong this weekend,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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