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‘We’re ruthless…you have to be’ – Lewis Hamilton opens up on relationship with F1 nemesis Max Verstappen

LEWIS HAMILTON opened up about his relationship with Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen – insisting they are both “ruthless”.

Hamilton missed out on an eighth F1 world record title at the Abu Dhabi GP in December as Dutch star Verstappen clinched victory in controversial circumstances.

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The two traded blows all season, only for Hamilton to fall at the final hurdle when former race director Michael Masi failed to follow safety car rules.

But tempers boiled over Hamilton claims there is still a certain level of respect between him and the Red Bull champion Verstappen.

Before the first race of the new season in Bahrain next weekendHis Mercedes ace Hamilton said: “You have to be careful, the way people play up the drama, it creates a narrative for the fans – and for me and Max.

“See you in the paddock, things are normal. We’re just two drivers and we get a sense of how much we both love driving.

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“On the other hand, we’re ruthless – you have to be that – hopefully with a bit of compassion.”

“We are fighters, there are no friends on the track. Some days we get it right, some days we get it wrong, but it’s important that we keep some respect.”

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has made a U-turn with him quoted remarks on the legality of the new Mercedes car.

Horner was quoted by a German publication as questioning Merc’s new sleek design, but now saying it appears to comply with regulations.

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He added: “It looks like it ticks the legality boxes.”

Horner has also recently come under criticism Release of Drive to Survive on Netflix.

The footage cuts as Hamilton gives a speech on the podium Horner, who says: “I wish he would have shut up. How many times do we have to watch this shit?”

It comes as the show’s creators denied rigging the final race.

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Co-producer James Gay-Rees said, “They were just people who were under tremendous pressure to make decisions in the moment.”

Elsewhere, McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo has tested positive for Covid – but should still be ready F1 Kick off in Bahrain.

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