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Max Verstappen

Verstappen: It's not the first time I've been in a championship fight!

Max Verstappen won't be changing his approach heading into the final five races of the season as he's been in championship battles prior to competing in F1.

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen says he isn't finding it difficult to remain relaxed and focused during his title fight with Lewis Hamilton, given that he's been in championship battles before, just not in F1.

Verstappen currently holds a 12-point advantage over Hamilton in the Drivers' standings ahead of this weekend's Mexico City Grand Prix, a race he's won on two occasions back in 2017 and 2018.

Unlike those races, Verstappen heads to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this season in the thick of a championship battle, but the Dutchman insists he isn't changing his approach as he's been in similar situations in the past.

"I like what I'm doing so that takes the pressure off," Verstappen told RacingNews365.com and accredited members of the media. "It's not the first time I've been in a championship fight. Yes, it's the first time in Formula 1, but not in my life.

"So at the end of the day that doesn't really change because you need to win, and that's what I have been doing in the past as well. I need to try to do the same here. When the car is capable to win, I'll win. When the car is not capable of winning, I won't win."

Verstappen not interested in past battles

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff recently stated that he could see Verstappen and Hamilton involved in a title-deciding clash like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, or Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher.

While Hamilton said he's only interested in winning the title "the right way", Verstappen's focus is solely on scoring as many points as he can.

"I don't really think about previous historic fights between two drivers, what they've done... It's the past," Verstappen added.

"I just focus on what I have to do on track, and that's to try and do the best I can. That's how, at the end of the day, you're gonna win the championship, to try and get the most available points out there. And, of course, try to beat your rival."

F1 will head to Saudi Arabia for the first time in 2021, and RacingNews365.com recently paid a visit to the spectacular Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

RN365 News dossier F1 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix

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