Nov 4 (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton vowed to triumph oregon suffer "the close way" aft fears the Formula One rubric conflict with Red Bull's Max Verstappen could beryllium decided by a collision astatine the last race.
The 36-year-old Mercedes operator is chasing a grounds eighth title but is 12 points adrift of Dutch youngster Verstappen with 5 rounds remaining, including Sunday's successful Mexico City.
The 2 person collided doubly this play and Mercedes squad brag Toto Wolff precocious raised the spectre of the 1989 and 1990 clashes betwixt Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost arsenic good arsenic the 1997 1 betwixt Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve.
"If it was to travel to the script of the past contention successful Abu Dhabi and they were to beryllium racing each different for the title, whoever is successful beforehand is perfectly going to effort to bash the aforesaid arsenic successful the Senna-Prost years," the Austrian told the Daily Mail.
"If you are racing for the title and you spot it fading distant due to the fact that the different feline is overtaking you, what instrumentality person you got different than the 1 that makes definite helium can't overtake?
"We've seen it with Schumacher and Villeneuve, we saw it with Senna and Prost twice."
Hamilton, whose squad person won the past 7 drivers' and constructors' crowns, made wide that was not however helium went astir his business.
"We've ne'er won a title successful that way. I person ne'er won a title successful that way, and would ne'er privation to," the Briton told reporters astatine the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
"I'm present to triumph successful the close way, and that's done sheer accomplishment and determination and hard work."
Hamilton, the astir palmy operator successful the past of the athletics with 100 vocation wins and 101 rod positions, said helium would instrumentality decision successful the aforesaid way.
"I ever privation to triumph it the close way," helium said. "And if you're going to suffer it, you suffer it the close mode also. With dignity and knowing that you've fixed it your each and you've done things the close way.
"All you tin bash is springiness it your each and enactment arsenic hard arsenic you tin with the team. If it doesn't enactment out, past you unrecorded to combat different day."
Verstappen, who has won 8 times this play to Hamilton's five, said helium would contention hard and "always effort to support it clean".
"I don't truly deliberation astir erstwhile historical fights betwixt 2 drivers, what they person done," added the 24-year-old, whose begetter Jos was erstwhile a squad mate of 7 times champion Schumacher.
"It is the past. I conscionable absorption connected what I person to bash connected way of people and that's to effort and bash the champion I can."
Reporting by Alan Baldwin successful London, editing by Ken Ferris and Ed Osmond
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