After two more close battles between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, there is yet to be any incidents. Both drivers say they have full trust in each other.
Hamilton and Verstappen had a close battle on two occasion at the Portuguese Grand Prix. First Max passed Lewis in the opening stages of the race, and then Lewis regained his position on Lap 11.
So far the two drivers have kept it clean between each other, and at the post-race press conference, they said they intend to keep it that way.
“It is naturally down to respect,” Hamilton explained.
“I think [we are] both very, very hard but fair and I think that’s what makes great racing and great racing drivers.
“I think we will continue to keep it clean and keep it on the edge, but I don’t think either of us has a plan to get any closer than we have been,” concluded the Briton.
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Verstappen shares the same opinion.
“Especially when you race a driver, when you know that you can go to the absolute limit, I guess you can trust each other to just race super-hard,” the Dutch driver said.
“That’s always really nice because you can see in the three races we’ve had it’s been really close to each other but predictable.
“Lewis has never had something like ‘oh, we’re going to crash’ or something. I always have full trust in Lewis that we always give each other enough space.”