Max Verstappen tells Lewis Hamilton 'you don't even know me' after Brit hints pressure is getting to F1 rival

MAX VERSTAPPEN has taken another swipe at Lewis Hamilton as their F1 battle is set to erupt in Russia.

The two clashed last out at the Italian GP where Hamilton claimed he was lucky to be alive after Verstappen launched his Red Bull off a kerb and on to the roof of the Brit's Mercedes.

The Dutchman has been slapped with a three-place grid penalty ahead of this weekend's Russian GP for causing the smash that took them both out.

And they have looked horns again after Hamilton had hinted that the pressure could be getting to the 23-year-old, who is in his first title fight, with Verstappen hitting back saying: "You don't even know me."

Hamilton was quizzed whether Verstappen's desperate lunge in Monza showed he is struggling to cope with the added pressure.

He said: "Obviously Max won't admit to it, I'm not going to make an assumption!

"But I remember [my first title battle] was difficult. It was intense. I was going through a lot of different emotions.

"I didn't always handle it the best. And that's to be expected, it's a lot of pressure.

JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)

"You're working in a big team, there's a lot of self-expectation and pressure because the desire to win is huge."

When told about Hamilton's comments, Verstappen lashed back at the seven times world champion.

He quipped: "Yeah, I am so nervous, I can barely sleep! It is so horrible to fight for a title, I really hate it!

He then added: "If someone actually knows me, they know I am relaxed about those things and I cannot be bothered. I am very chilled.

"Those comments show that he doesn't know me, which is fine because I don't need to know him.

"I just focus on myself and I enjoy it at the front and hope to be there for a long time."

    Source: Read Full Article