Lewis Hamilton insists he is not interested in “playing mind games” with Formula 1
title rival Max Verstappen, saying engaging in a war of words is “childish”.
Mercedes are receiving a considerable challenge to their crown from Verstappen’s team,
who has taken the lead in the drivers and constructors championship
But Hamilton has quashed the notion of a ‘war of words’ between the teams.
He said: “I’m not playing mind games.
“It is interesting what Christian comes out with, but I couldn’t care less.
“They did a great job this weekend and that is that. We have had some good races also,
but as I said there are 17 races to go.
“So it starts to get a bit childish when you get into a war of words.”
I’m not playing mind games,” said Hamilton, as quoted by Crash.net.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes Hamilton and Verstappen’s rivalry on and off the
track is bringing an “entertainment factor” to F1 this season.
“It’s great that we have a fight between two outstanding drivers and the championship
has swung in both directions,” Wolff said.
“Things are being said that are good for entertainment and I would attribute that
sentence to the entertainment factor, which is great to talk about it and write about it.
“This is action on the track and soap [opera] off the track.”