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Formula One title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been close on track all season, at times too close, but otherwise, they are keeping their distance

Hamilton and Mercedes are six points behind Max Verstappen in the standings after arriving at the Circuit of The Americas on Thursday. Hamilton and Mercedes have a strong record at this track, with the Briton winning five times since 2012 and finishing on the podium in seven of his eight appearances.

The Mexican Grand Prix, on the other hand, is the next race, which Red Bull has won thrice in the last five years. Hamilton was asked if he expected Mexico to be more difficult than the United States.

“We have limited communication…some of the drivers hang more than others do. I wouldn’t say I particularly hang closely with anybody here,” said the Briton, who has battled wheel-to-wheel and collided with the Dutchman.

“Like last year, we will see each other at the track and we’ll say hi. We’ll do the same thing this year and it’s no different to me personally.”

This year, Verstappen has won seven races to Hamilton’s five, although Austin has become more of a Mercedes track in recent years than a Red Bull track.

Hamilton has won five of Austin’s eight races, and Mercedes has won the last six pole positions at the Circuit of the Americas.

However, this year’s race might be a lot tighter, and Hamilton, who has won a record 100 races in his career, knows the following one in Mexico will be challenging.

When asked how vital it was to win in Austin, Hamilton stated that winning every race was crucial.

“It will be incredibly difficult. There will be moments where perhaps we can edge them out…I don’t like to assume that Mexico is not going to be strong but they are usually very strong in Mexico,” said the Briton.

“A lot can happen in these six races and so I think we just take it one race at a time and then give it everything we’ve got.”

Verstappen dismissed a suggestion he might be on a roll after seizing back the lead in Turkey two weeks ago, a race won comfortably enough by Hamilton’s Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas.

“We know that we still have a bit of work to do. We want to be faster,” he said. “The team result was good in Turkey, the overall performance wasn’t amazing.”

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