Max Verstappen's blunt response to Lewis Hamilton rivalry question at US Grand Prix

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Championship leader Max Verstappen says he and Lewis Hamilton will act like “professionals” into Turn 1 at the Circuit of Americas, with the two title protagonists lining up alongside each other on Sunday.

Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to pole position on Saturday by 0.2s in a thrilling qualifying session at COTA ahead of the United States Grand Prix.

But Hamilton is no stranger to winning in Austin, with six victories under his belt, while the Dutchman searches for his maiden win in the United States.

However, after their dramatic coming together on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix with Verstappen on pole, many are questioning if both of the drivers will come through the first few corners without any incidents.

When asked about how he would be approaching the start during Saturday’s post-race interviews, Verstappen said: “Like we always try, as professionals. I don’t see why we always have to keep bringing this up.

“It’s not like we are the only ones who have touched, you know, in this sport and these things happen, unfortunately, but I think we are on the front row again and everyone is just expecting a great race and that’s what we also expect, I think, as drivers.

Lewis Hamilton explains ‘struggles’ in US GP qualifying 

However, afterwards, Verstappen explained what happened during the Hamilton incident, claiming he wasn’t sure what had gone on.

“I don’t know, we are all lining up to go for our laps so I don’t really understand what happened there,” he told Sky Sports F1.

“Overall, it’s not easy out there, the track is quite bumpy, and to try and find the right compromise with the car hasn’t been the easiest so far.

“But there are a few positive things to look at and we’ll continue to work on that also overnight.

“It didn’t feel particularly bad on the short run, it was just a mess with the traffic.”

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