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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes won’t avoid a Max Verstappen battle, and that they enjoy the challenge ahead of the Formula One Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. A new rivalry was born between Hamilton and Verstappen after the opening Formula One race of the season in Bahrain.
Seven-time world champion explained: “Nothing changes for us, we approach every weekend as we always have. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I think we’ve had multiple battles with Ferrari, with Seb [Vettel] when he was at Ferrari, and I think we’ve just got to keep our heads down and continue to do what we do. We love the challenge, and it’s exciting for all of us that we do have such a challenge on our hands, and it’s not one we shy away from.”
Hamilton was partnered in the press conference with former rival Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton hailed the battle with Vettel as one of his favourites to date.
He added: “Look, we’re only going into the second race, so I can’t assume and I can’t guess what’s up ahead of us. I don’t know. I hope it’s exciting for the fans, I hope that it’s all that it’s cracked up to be, particularly for the fans, and particularly in a time that we need the best entertainment possible.
“For me, it’s fighting with Seb [Vettel], fighting with Valtteri [Bottas] – you just want to be fighting with the best drivers and as close as possible, so that you can hopefully try to eke out more than your competitors to get the results.”
The second step of the Formula One 2021 season gets underway this weekend for the Emilia Romagna GP.