Lewis Hamilton insists his relationship with F1 rival Sebastian Vettel is a positive one after years of battling each other at the front end of the grid.
Hamilton and Vettel are among the most successful drivers in the sport’s history having scooped six and four World Drivers’ Championship titles respectively.
Lewis Hamilton has managed to keep Vettel’s hands off the trophy since 2013, though, by helping Mercedes secure six consecutive title doubles.
The Mercedes and Ferrari racers will both be eager to make their mark on Sunday when the Brazilian Grand Prix takes place at Interlagos.
But, whatever happens on the track, Hamilton says his and Sebastian Vettel’s relationship will not be affected detrimentally.
“Me and Seb have a huge amount of respect for each other, and I think it’s grown over time,” Hamilton said.
“Being at the forefront of the sport and both appreciating just how hard it is, individually, for us to do what we do.
“And I guess also over time Seb does his thing his own way, I do it my own way and we respect that about each other.
“There’s no judgement there and I think these tough battles that we’ve had together last year have brought us closer in that respect and it means a huge amount to have respect from other drivers.”
Vettel has the edge over Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix having won the race three times to the Brit’s two victories.
However, the veteran F1 duo are not the only drivers who will be in contention for maximum points when the lights go out.
Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc has enjoyed a fine debut campaign with the Prancing Horse and will offer plenty for Hamilton and co. to think about.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen also have the potential to get themselves on top of the podium.
Practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix takes place on Friday, with qualifying scheduled for Saturday.