Lewis Hamilton says he would never want to win the F1 title by clashing with his rival, vowing to "win the right way" against Max Verstappen.
Several World Championships have been decided in final-race showdowns over the years. However, they have not always ended cleanly; perhaps the most famous examples are the crashes that occurred between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, and incidents involving Michael Schumacher.
When it comes to the battle for the 2021 title, Hamilton made it clear that he will never drive Verstappen off the track to become World Champion.
"I would never want to win like that," Hamilton told Dutch publication De Telegraaf. "Even if it means I don't become World Champion, then at least I keep my dignity.
"I want to win the right way and I'll do everything I can together with the team to do that."
According to the Briton, his relationship with Verstappen is still good, despite the two crashes that happened between them at Silverstone and Monza.
"It hasn't changed," Hamilton explained. "We always try to be respectful to each other.
"After the crash at Monza we both had our say with the stewards and that's quite normal. After Max's crash at Silverstone I called him. Max didn't do that after Monza. It wasn't necessary either.
"I don't want to be condescending, [but] I'm much older now. For me, it was important to call after Silverstone and break the ice. I wouldn't have done that when I was 25.
"I have no hostile feelings towards him. Max is a huge talent and I enjoy racing together. Whether I agree with everything he does doesn't matter.
"It's not my job to direct others. Max has a father who is also a former racing driver.
"Whatever happens, at the end of the season we'll shake each other's hand and next year we'll fight each other on the track again."
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