Lewis Hamilton insists he would never fight dirty to win the world title after Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff suggested the defending champion would knock Max Verstappen off the track in search of glory.
- Lewis Hamilton rejects claims that he would resort to clandestine tactics
- Toto Wolff suggested that the Mercedes ace would take Max Verstappen off the track
- Hamilton is 12 points ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend
Lewis Hamilton has laughed at the suggestion that he would knock Max Verstappen off the track in a desperate bid to win the world title.
The defending champion responded to none other than his Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff’s claim in Sportsmail this week, “ that if he was going to get to the last race in Abu Dhabi and they were going to compete against each other for the title, whoever that is in front. ” He is absolutely going to try to do the same as in the Senna-Prost years.
Ahead of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, Hamilton said: ‘First of all, I haven’t read what Toto said, but I highly doubt he would imply that.
Lewis Hamilton at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City on Thursday
‘We have never won a championship like that. I have never won a championship that way and I would not like it. I am here to win the right way and that is through sheer skill, determination and hard work.
‘I always want to win with dignity. Or lose with dignity. Then you can fight another day. ‘
Hamilton also highlighted his fears about how the closest fight in recent years could be distorted by Covid-19. A positive test would potentially rule out one of the two contenders for one race or more.
Max Verstappen (right) and Lewis Hamilton (left) participate in a forceful race for the title
“I’ve been through two (non-F1) events this year where everyone has been vaccinated and PCR tested before going,” said Hamilton, who contracted the virus last year and missed a race in Bahrain
‘I try to keep my distance from everyone when I’m in those rooms. Most of the people who do not play this sport do not take it seriously.
“I’ve read that footballers don’t pay much attention to him and that if they miss a game it doesn’t matter much, but here it does.
But we are allowing in fans who have not been tested and the photographers are back in the paddock. I know things are opening up more, but I anticipate that they will have to make changes because it is a difficult bubble to maintain. ”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff suggested Hamilton would take Verstappen off the track