The battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton for the 2021 F1 World Championship is expected to go down to the wire, but don't expect the two to come together on track.
After six races it's Verstappen who holds a four-point advantage on his rival, with neither driver scoring points at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. While many have compared the rivalry to that of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, Verstappen made it clear there won't be a repeat of the on-track collisions that made that rivalry so intense.
"I think we're both experienced enough to avoid these kind of things," Verstappen told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.
"Of course, you want to beat each other, but you do have respect each other on track. You race fair and square. Then the best one, at end of the day, will win."
As for the battle on track, Verstappen knows what it will take to topple Hamilton and Mercedes.
"I can only do the best I can, you can't do more than that. That's what I always try to achieve every single weekend," Verstappen added.
"You have to be better than Mercedes, you have to be better than Lewis. When you can achieve both of those, you can definitely fight."