Max Verstappen is hopeful that his relationship with Lewis Hamilton remains respectful and relaxed as the pair embark on what looks set to be a direct head-to-head for this year's World Championship.
Hamilton and Verstappen have won the three races of the season so far, with an on-track battle between the pair in all three rounds. So far, it's been clean and friendly, and Verstappen is hopeful it will stay like that until the end of the year.
"It's very relaxed," Verstappen told media, including RacingNews365 on Thursday.
"I think as you can see, when we walk in these kind of things [press conferences], we always get on very well. And I think when you just
respect each other, and I think when you say when you can say to each
other, when the other one has done a good job or a better job. I think
that is very important."
Hamilton leads the championship by eight points over Verstappen, who didn't quite seem to have enough pace in the race last weekend in Portugal to challenge the Mercedes for outright victory.
With the balance of power looking set to swing between the two teams at different venues, Verstappen said it's a never-ending quest for perfection to ensure the title goes right to the end.
"It's exciting," he said.
"I'm, of course, looking forward to every single battle out there. With the championship fight, we finally have a car which I think is capable of having good results every single weekend, if that's fighting for first or third or second.
"It's gonna depend on the track, which is a bit difficult to project at the moment, but it's really enjoyable. And I think so far we've had some good results.
"And as for my side, I'm happy, but things can always go better. But from both sides, from the car and for myself, It's never good enough, even if I would have won three races so far."