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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton not interested in title-deciding crash with Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton has no interest in winning the 2021 F1 World Championship via a collision, stating he's "here to win the right way".

Verstappen Hamilton Monza crash
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Lewis Hamilton doesn't want a collision to decide his 2021 F1 World Championship battle with Max Verstappen.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff was quoted earlier this week as saying he could see the two involved in a title-deciding clash like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, or Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton, who trails Verstappen by 12 points heading into this weekend's Mexico City Grand Prix, said he's never won a championship by deliberately causing a collision, and he has no interest in starting now.

"I haven't read what Toto said but I highly doubt that he would insinuate that would ever be the case," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other accredited members of the media.

"We've never won a championship that way, I've never won a championship in that way, and would never want to.

"So that's from my perspective and my point of view. I'm here to win in the right way, and that's through sheer skill and determination and hard work.

"I always want to win it the right way. If you're going to lose it, you lose it the right way also, with dignity and knowing that you've given it your all and you've done things the right way, and you worked as hard as you could.

"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, then you live to fight another day."

Although Hamilton doesn't want to see the title decided by a collision, the championship rivals have tangled twice in 2021, at Silverstone and Monza.

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