Max Verstappen: Crimson Bull driver says successful System 1 title wouldn’t ‘change his life’

Verstappen and Hamilton have been locked in a battle for the F1 championship all season

Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen says he isn’t feeling the stress of the System 1 title battle as a result of successful wouldn’t “change his life”.

The 24-year-old is 2 factors behind Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton within the championship standings.

“The entire crew needs to win in order that mentality is certainly there,” he stated, earlier than the Turkish Grand Prix.

“However it’s nothing you’ll be able to drive or it’s a must to stress about as a result of we all the time wish to do the most effective we will.”

Crimson Bull are within the title battle for the primary time since 2013 however Verstappen stated he was not losing any time interested by what he might obtain by the top of the 12 months.

“I all the time do my greatest and I do know the crew is doing the most effective they’ll,” he stated.

“If that’s going to be first it’s an incredible achievement – it’s what we work for – however even when we end second it is going to be an incredible season and, on the finish of the day, it isn’t actually going to vary my life.

“I get pleasure from what I’m doing and that is essential. For me, there may be not that a lot to fret about, actually.

“You simply need to work laborious collectively after which we are going to discover out on the finish of the season the place that may put us. Is that first or second? We do not know.”

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso stated of Verstappen: “He appears to cope with the stress higher than different individuals. Everyone seems to be completely different however plainly for him it isn’t an enormous deal each weekend and he takes it race by race.

“I believe that is the most effective strategy for the remaining races.”

Seven-time champion Hamilton stated over his many title campaigns he had realized cope with the stress concerned.

“It is not a case of ignoring it,” Hamilton stated, “as a result of it is there, nevertheless it’s the understanding of what’s going to be can be.

“All you are able to do is put together the easiest way you’ll be able to, give it 100%, and what’s arising is arising and so I simply don’t fret about these issues.

“I’ve been very lucky. I’ve had a variety of ups and downs, however had an incredible time, a variety of development and I simply don’t fret about ‘what if?’

“I simply try to put together for now and meaning ensuring I’ve finished the work with the crew on the manufacturing facility after which finally get pleasure from it.

“What an incredible season it has been thus far. It has been super-exciting for followers, massively partaking. We lastly see two groups neck and neck, which is wonderful, and naturally we wish to win however it’s a must to be taught to let that not overtake all the pieces in your life.”

Hamilton stated he didn’t but know whether or not he must take a fourth engine to get him via the remaining races. This may imply exceeding the permitted allowance of three engines per season and ranging from the again of the grid. Group boss Toto Wolff has stated it’s “a chance”.

“For the time being I nonetheless have [engine] numbers two and three,” Hamilton stated. “I do not envisage us having to take one in the meanwhile however that would change, who is aware of?”

FIA medical automotive driver Alan van der Merwe and deputy medical delegate Dr Ian Roberts are lacking the race in Istanbul after testing constructive for Covid-19 earlier than leaving for Turkey. They’re being changed by FIA System E’s security automotive driver Bruno Correia, and medical delegate Dr Bruno Franceschini.

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