Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton faced many questions today around the fate of this weekend’s title decider.
The headlines are flooded with debate on what may happen this weekend, but according to both drivers, none of this has phased them – with all their attention simply on another battle.
This weekend will mark the ultimate victory for one driver, whether that will be Verstappen’s first title win or Hamilton’s record-breaking eighth – but all remains to be seen.
Speaking during the driver’s conference, broadcast live this afternoon on Sky Sports F1, both were asked whether they think a crash could potentially decide the title.
In response, Max Verstappen said: “As a driver you don’t think about these things.
“You go into a weekend where you just want to do the best you can as a team, and of course you try to naturally win the race.
“Naturally the media starts to say these things… I don’t really have a lot to comment on that.
“I arrive here just trying to do the best I can, and trying to be the best prepared.”
On that same note, Hamilton added: “I can’t control those things around me the only thing I can control is what do in terms of preparation and how I look after myself.
“I just don’t give it any energy. I’m here to do the best job can do with this incredible team. We never thought we would be neck and neck going into the last race, it has been an amazing recovery.”
Meanwhile, neither driver wants this weekend’s title decided by a stewards decision, with the Mercedes man simply saying: “I’m here to do my job. And I don’t want to see the stewards.”
Verstappen then added: “I don’t know about what’s coming up of course but I think already a few things that were maybe a bit controversial – but it is what it is,” he says.
“You can’t really do anything about it. We just have to focus on the positives this weekend, we want action on track.
“Of course we both want to win and it should be about that, not a controversial decision.”