Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen mind games and lifestyles analysed by David Coulthard

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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are like chalk and cheese off the track – but on it they both have an elite mentality which will see this year’s F1 World Championship go right down to the wire, according to David Coulthard.

Hamilton is hunting his eighth world title which will take him clear of the record he shared with Michael Schumacher.

The Mercedes star has dominated for half a decade with very little challenge to his throne.

But Red Bull have built a car capable of battling with the Silver Arrows and Verstappen is spearheading their attack.

Hamilton is only two points above Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship with seven races remaining.

And Coulthard has explained why he reckons the title fight will go down to the season-finale in Abu Dhabi.

“You don’t have to be surprised that these two drivers, of all people, are fighting for the title,” Coulthard told Speedweek.

“And I’m firmly convinced – that will continue until the end of the season in Abu Dhabi. I don’t think Verstappen can get into Lewis’ head.

“They both have such strong teams behind them, they know they can win races at any time. That creates an incredible amount of confidence.

“The two boys live their lives completely differently. Lewis flew straight from Monza to New York and spent time at the Met Gala doing fashion.

“Max has spent his time privately in Monaco with the family. They are so different. Max likes to keep to himself, Lewis is more extroverted. But when they’re on track, it’s all about winning.”

Coulthard also gave his thoughts on how both men are dealing with the pressure.

“I felt a lot of pressure then, but these guys don’t,” Coulthard added.

“They’re racing against the very best, but they just make fewer mistakes than we did back then.”

Hamilton and Verstappen are set to continue their world title fight at the Turkish Grand Prix next Sunday.

Hamilton was the victor when F1 returned to the Istanbul Park Circuit last year after a nine-year absence.

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