Max Verstappen has defended his passive approach towards F1, saying that nothing about it is all-consuming.

Verstappen is fighting for the world championship for the first time in his career, and is currently in prime position to win it. However, he recently admitted that even if he comes up short, it wouldn’t matter to him at all.

Given how only a fraction of F1 drivers even come close to fighting for a title let alone winning it, his comments came as a surprise. Many criticised him for being laid back about the sport, and said that he needed to be more in sync with it.

Verstappen defended his passive approach towards F1, saying that there is no point brooding over failure.

“Sometimes people take F1 too seriously, like it’s a life-or-death situation, thinking ‘If I don’t make it to Formula 1, my life is over,’ or something like that,” he told The New York Times.

“For me, that was never the case and never will be. I’m very happy that I am in Formula 1 now, but even if I wasn’t, I would still do something else, racing-related stuff to have fun, to have a good time.

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Verstappen (pictured) is content with his approach towards F1. Source: express.co.uk

“I know that if my car is fast enough until the end of the season, I will win the championship. But if it’s not, then we probably won’t win it. At the end of the day, it’s not going to change my world.”

A dream, not the dream

The Dutchman admitted that even though a loss would not hurt him as much, he still wants to accomplish his childhood dream and become champion.

“Of course, the goal, the dream is always to win the championship, but you need to have a bit of luck, you need to have the right car for it to be at the right time of the season or across the whole season,” he continued.

“It’s a dream from when I was a little kid together with my dad, to get to Formula 1 in the first place and then trying to fight for a title.

“For sure, it would mean a lot if we can win it,” he concluded.

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