‘We live different lives. I wouldn’t want to hang with celebs’: Max Verstappen opens up on his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton, ignoring social media hype and following in his father’s tyre marks

Max Verstappen is the aspiring world champion who would rather poke a screwdriver in his eye than attend a fashion show or inhabit the celebrity world. So sitting in Red Bull’s hospitality area at Silverstone, Verstappen is typically stripped of all fripperies. ‘My dad comes to most of my races and we talk every day about all things, not just Formula One. As Verstappen says: ‘He knows that I have to go my own way and make my own choices.’. This weekend Verstappen faces a pro-Hamilton crowd of 140,000 and supposed upgrades on the defending champion’s Mercedes. ‘But I don’t want to make any predictions about the season.

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