Both motorists came face to face throughout the Thursday press conference at the Yas Marina Circuit ahead of the last round, fresh from their questionable battle at the Saudi Arabian GP where Hamilton clinched triumph to go level on points with Verstappen for the title decider.
During the accumulation to the Abu Dhabi GP, focus hasactually centred on the set possibly clashing onceagain in the race which might choose the title battle. While either driver needsto surface in front of their competitor to safe the title, Verstappen would clinch his maiden F1 world champion if neither of them scored points due to having more wins this season.
The anticipation of a crash has just been increased after the set produced numerous on-track clashes in Saudi Arabia last weekend.
The title battle has likewise led to F1 race director Michael Masi sendout a tip to groups and motorists that any unsporting conduct at the Abu Dhabi season ending might outcome in a champion points reduction.
Both motorists played down that possibility, with Hamilton specifying he hoped all motorists would desire to put on a reasonable battle.
“Going into the weekend, I puton’t put any energy towards that sort of thing. I believe at the end of the day, I really do think that everybody here racing comes to win. I would like to think everybody desires to do it the right method,” Hamilton stated. “And so I wear’t even let that creep into my mind.
“I’m here for a terrific race. We’re gettinghere on the favorable as a group, we’ve got the vehicle in a excellent location. They won here last year. So without doubt, they’re going to be strong this weekend. But I believe we’ve wentafter and captured up a lot. And I believe we can come here and be strong this weekend.”
Verstappen has stated he is likewise excited to prevent “controversial choices” in the Abu Dhabi GP to choose the 2021 F1 title.
“I think currently throughout the year, there haveactually been a coupleof things which were possibly a bit questionable,” Verstappen stated. “It is what it is, you can’t actually do anything about it.
“But I believe we simply have to focus on the favorable for this weekend. And we simply desire action on track. I believe from both sides, we desire to win, plainly. It needsto be about that, not about questionable choices.”