Hamilton wants to win F1 title ‘the right way’, not like Senna/Prost

Lewis Hamilton wants to win or lose the Formula 1 title battle against Max Verstappen “the right way” and not end their duel with a Senna/Prost-style crash.

Hamilton wants to win F1 title ‘the right way’, not like Senna/Prost

Hamilton trails Red Bull rival Verstappen by 12 points heading into the final five races of the season as he chases a record-breaking eighth world championship.

Hamilton and Verstappen have crashed together twice this season – at Silverstone and at Monza – amid one of the most intense title battles F1 has seen in the past decade.

Comparisons have been drawn to the fierce battles between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in 1989 and 1990, with the title being settled in both years by a late-season crash between the two drivers.

In an interview with the UK tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail, published last weekend, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said that if Hamilton and Verstappen were racing each other for the title at the final round in Abu Dhabi, “whoever is in front is absolutely going to try to do the same as in the Senna/Prost years”.

Wolff added: “I would never give the instruction to crash into anyone else but if they go to that last race and whoever is in front wins the championship, they will be racing each other, hard.”

Hamilton was asked during Thursday’s FIA press conference in Mexico if the thought a Senna/Prost-style decider could happen this year, but made clear he wanted to win the championship the right way.

“I haven’t read what Toto has said, but I highly doubt that he would insinuate that would ever be the case,” Hamilton said. “We’ve never won a championship in that way. I have never won a championship in that way, and we’d never want to. So that’s from my perspective and my point of view.

“I’m here to win in the right way, and that’s through sheer skill and determination and hard work.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, make contact on the opening lap at Imola

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, make contact on the opening lap at Imola

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Hamilton said that he and Verstappen had been “racing hard all year” and that it was making it “the most exciting season since God knows when”, adding that he wanted to keep things fair in the final stages of their battle.

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“You know how I’ve won my championships in the past,” Hamilton said. “I always want to win it the right way, and if you’re going to lose it, you lose it the right way also, with dignity and knowing you’ve given it your all and you’ve done things the right way, and you’ve worked as hard as you could.

“That’s all you can do, is give it your all and work as hard as you can with your team. If it doesn’t work out, then you live to fight another day.”

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