Playing any sport requires passion and a competitive nature. Thus, rivalries in sports become a common thing. However, irrespective of how competitive you are, being a sports person, people expect you to be humble off the ground. Recently, one such rivalry has attracted attraction across the sports fraternity. Yes, we are talking about the rivalry between Red Bull's driver Max Verstappen and Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver and seven time champion Lewis Hamilton.
The talks about the relationship between the two champion drivers in Formula 1 has picked up recently, after the crash at the British Grand Prix race. Lewis Hamilton collided with Verstappen. The intensity of the collision was such that Verstappen had to be taken to hospital. Verstappen had expressed his displeasure at the move made by Hamilton. This incident further fueled up the rivalry between the two champions. However, in a recent interview, Max Verstappen had opened up about his relationship with his rival and what he thinks of him.
While talking to the Daily Mail, Verstappen said that there is mutual respect between the two individuals even though they live different lives. "There is mutual respect. It's just that we'll have different lives, so that limits how much we could meet away from the track anyway. I don't pay any attention to mind games. These things don't bother me. I focus on the track in the best way possible. Anything beyond that is not relevant to me. But I don't want to make any predictions about the season. It is difficult to call. So many things come into it,” Verstappen was quoted by the Daily Mail.
I want to spend time with family and real friends: Verstappen
Talking further about his life in general, the Red Bull driver went on to say that he likes to stay at home and spend time with his family and real friends.
“I wouldn't hang out with celebs just for my profile. With some well-known people you can strike a good connection and build up friendship, but I would only meet those I think are friends. I want to spend time with my family and real friends. I don't spend too much time checking my twitter or Instagram accounts. If I am in Holland, which is not often, I mostly stay in the house again with family and friends,” he said.