Lewis Hamilton says he’s “very chilled” about his title duel with Max Verstappen and isn’t worried.
With only six races remaining in the 2021 season, Hamilton is six points behind Verstappen’s Red Bull in the Drivers’ Championship.
It’s the first time since 2016 that the Mercedes driver has been involved in such a close title competition, which might go down to the last race.
There’s a lot on the line for him as well, since if he wins, he’ll become the first driver in the history of the sport to win eight World Championships.
Even after losing the lead in the standings in Turkey, he claims he is not under any pressure and is in fact quite relaxed.
“I don’t feel any pressure, I feel very chilled,” he said after the race.
“I don’t like losing points but that’s the way it is. I did everything I could this.”
In Turkey, he lost points to Verstappen mostly because he was penalized for an engine failure and thus began in P11.
Toto Wolff has hinted that he might have to take another one before the conclusion of the season, but he isn’t concerned about it.
“I don’t really give any energy to it, it’s not my job to worry about that stuff,” Hamilton added.
“I let the guys focus on that, my engine’s in good condition, my first engine I think did six races, we still have engine two and I think engine three is still there.
“As far as I’m aware hopefully I don’t have to but I can’t predict what’s up ahead.”
Because of the car’s strength, the Brit was able to muscle his way back up to P5 and could have finished on the podium if he had pitted at a better moment.
It was so dominant that Valtteri Bottas cruised to victory up front, with Verstappen never even getting close to challenging him.
According to Hamilton, no major changes to the machinery have been made, and recent circuits have simply happened to suit it.
“Well, we haven’t done anything to the car. So… I don’t really know why that is the case,” he said.
“I think the two tracks we’ve driven on have maybe suited us a bit more, but the car has been feeling good, it felt great.
“Moving forwards hopefully, Valtteri did a great job, if we can continue to perform like that over the next races it’ll be good for the team, and if the car continues to perform as it has this weekend that’ll be good for us.”
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