As Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen face off against each other on track, there seems to be another war raging behind the scenes between Mercedes and Red Bull.
While Hamilton and Verstappen go head-to-head, Red Bull has hired several staff from Mercedes.
With all the name calling and snide comments, Hamilton says that he is only focused on the track.
In an interview, the Brit was asked if he enjoyed these situations, he simply said that he tries to keep his distance.
“Luckily, for me and my job, I don’t have to focus on those kinds of things and I am really not about the whole psychological battle that people like to have.
“It is interesting to see from the outside the little squabbles people have and the digs people take.
“I am just really about trying to be the best I can be and I know that if I put all my energy into that then I can do some great things so I don’t feel like we need to put anyone else off or mess with their heads.
“My dad always said to do the talking on the track so that is what I am about. That is what I do.” he concluded.
The news of Mercedes staff joining Red Bull first came out ahead of Portimao. Further influx of staff was then announced on the eve of Spanish Grad Prix.
Hamilton mentioned that he is not distracted by the affairs that take place off-track.
“It is not something I put any energy towards.
“There is, obviously, all this that is going on in the background. I think I have the best ally in Toto [Wolff] who will be working to manage it in the best way possible.
“Without a doubt, every individual in our team is amazing and it is not a surprise that everybody will want them.
“We have had a lot of success together. If there are people who have gone, I wish them all the best, we all have to go through our own journeys and make our own decisions which are right for us.
“This is a huge team. It is not about one individual or even five, it is about one collection and an amazing collection of people that remains solid and focused on winning this championship.”
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