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Lewis Hamilton admits he could crash with rival Max Verstappen in Monaco after series of near-misses

LEWIS HAMILTON admits he could clash with title rival Max Verstappen at this weekend’s Monaco GP.

The two have traded positions in the opening four races this season as they have gone wheel-to-wheel for the win.

Hamilton has won three of the first four races of the season
Verstappen’s only victory so far this season came at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix

So far, the two have avoided contact but McLaren CEO, Zak Brown says it is only a matter of time before they do collide on track.

However, Hamilton, who has won three times to Verstappen’s one victory in 2021, says he is playing the long game when it comes to fighting for the title.

He said: “I think I’ve done well to avoid all the incidents so far. We’ve got 19 more [races] to go and we could connect, hopefully not.

“The good thing, I think, there is a nice balanced amount of respect between us.

“I think perhaps he feels he has a lot to prove. I’m not necessarily in the same boat there.

“I’m more long term, kind of, ‘it’s a marathon not a sprint’ sort of mentality. Which is ultimately why I have the stats that I have.

“So I’ll continue with that and I’ll do everything to make sure that we avoid connecting.”

Hamilton is going in search of win number 99 in his F1 career in Monte Carlo, a race he has won three times before.

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Verstappen and Hamilton have somehow managed to avoid colliding so far this season

But Hamilton has admitted sooner or later they may come together

He finished ahead of Verstappen at the last Monaco Grand Prix, held two years ago, but expects a tougher test this time around.

He added: “Red Bull were incredibly close two years ago. It’s a much different car, we have different tyres. Red Bull are going to be very, very hard to beat this weekend.

“This is a track that has always been strong for them and, given how close the gap is between us, you can imagine this weekend they could be ahead.

“But we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that’s not the case.”

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