Recently Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said that an on track collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, in the final race of the season, is definitely possible.
“If it was to come to the scenario of the last race in Abu Dhabi and they were to be racing each other for the title, whoever is in front is absolutely going to try to do the same as in the Senna-Prost years,” the Austrian told the Daily Mail.
Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was given a paraphrased version of Wolff’s statement and asked to give his comments.
“I haven’t read what Toto said but I highly doubt he would insinuate that would ever be the case,” the Briton said.
“We’ve never won a championship in that way; I have never won a championship in that way and would never want to.
“So, that’s from my perspective, my point of view: I’m here to win in the right way and that’s through sheer skill and determination and hard work.”
Lewis says he also wouldn’t want to lose the championship “the wrong way”.
“You know how I’ve won my championships in the past and I always want to win it the right way.
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“If you’re going to lose it, you lose it the right way also: with dignity and knowing that you’re giving it you’re all and you’ve done things the right way and you’ve worked as hard as you could.
“It’s all you can do, is give it your all and work as hard as you can with the team. If it doesn’t work out, you live to fight another day.
Hamilton was also asked how he has kept his cool throughout his fierce battle with Verstappen that included dangerous on-track collisions.
“I have been here a long time. And I know Max has not won a championship in a long, long, long time, so I know what it’s like going for your first championship, particularly in this sport.
“I know the pressures that come with that, and so it’s nothing less than I expected from him.
“Plus he’s still a youngster and he’s going to be growing a huge amount over the next decade, which I think everyone will be excited to see.
“So yes, just trying if I can to lead by example because as I said I know a lot of youngsters particularly that are racing, that are looking at what I do and what I say, and that’s important to me,” concluded the seven-time champion.