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Formula 1

Verstappen plays down suggestions Hamilton rivalry is like Senna vs Prost

There's only one thing that motivates Max Verstappen, and it isn't breaking records or trying to emulate rivalries from the past.

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Max Verstappen is involved in his first F1 title race in 2021, and the Red Bull driver says he's only focused on winning rather than discussing how his fight with Lewis Hamilton compares to past feuds.

The Dutchman holds a six-point advantage over Hamilton following the Turkish Grand Prix, with six races of the season remaining.

When asked how his battle with the Mercedes driver stacks up to the fiery head-to-head between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, Verstappen made it clear he doesn't give much thought to the comparison.

"I don't attach much importance to it," Verstappen told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "I'm just here to win.

"I want to get the best result, but otherwise I am not concerned. I just want to go into every weekend and win another race, but I never compare it to other drivers.

"It is also not comparable, because some years you have more dominant cars than others. That will always be the case in Formula 1, so there is no point in comparing them."

When asked if breaking records is something that motivates him, Verstappen explained why it's of little importance to him.

Verstappen added: "As I said, I'm not into that. You can't control that. Sometimes you have very dominant years, then you string the titles together.

"That's not always the case, being able to stay dominant for so long, but that's Formula 1."

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