Verstappen insists title battle with Hamilton is not about to get unpleasant

The championship hopefuls arrived with each other when vying for the guide in Monza, ending with Verstappen’s Red Bull parked on top of the Mercedes of Hamilton.

Equally sides pointed the finger of blame with Verstappen handed a a few-position grid penalty for his portion in the most current incident between the duo.

Heading into this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, the 23-yr-aged insisted no animosity would spill about.

“Not from my facet,” mentioned Verstappen. “I am really chilled about it. It is additional the questions I maintain obtaining about it. We are all qualified ample to depart it guiding us in Monza and carry on in Sochi and the races just after that.”

Verstappen goes into the weekend with a five-level edge more than Hamilton with 7 races currently remaining on the 2021 calendar.

But the Dutchman was nevertheless irritated by the grid penalty dished out, although he could nevertheless be even further demoted down the grid ought to Red Bull decide for an engine alter this weekend – 1 much more than their a few allotted for the year.

Both of those penalties would open up up the way for seven-time environment winner Hamilton to edge in advance in a title race that has the likely to go down to the wire.

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“I was surprised to listen to the 3-position grid penalty myself,” mentioned Verstappen of the Monza incident. “But at the end of the working day, it is what they decided. I really do not agree with it.

“I have my individual views of study course but we just transfer on and make the best of it. It is, of training course, not ideal but it is not the end of the earth.”