Max Verstappen insists he feels the same way as Lewis Hamilton about mind games – he “can’t be bothered” with them.

The rivalry between the two World Championship protagonists has been ramped up in the last few weeks by some verbal jousting.

A back-and-forth ensued with Hamilton saying he thought Verstappen perhaps had “something to prove” with his aggressive driving to take the lead into the first corner at Imola and Barcelona.

The Dutchman retorted by saying “actions speak louder than words” after his Monaco Grand Prix victory, to which the seven-time World Champion replied that he “couldn’t care less” and would not get into a “childish war of words”.

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