Lewis Hamilton is adamant that he will not give up under the pressure of his fierce F1 title fight with Max Versatapen.
Enmity erupted on the track as both the British and Italian grounds exploded.
The last time in Monza, Hamilton said he was lucky to be alive when Worstapen landed his Red Bull race car on top of his Mercedes – the Dutchman was fined three grids here in Sochi.
Hamilton, locked in his 10th title fight, was asked if Versatapen’s actions showed he was struggling to cope with the extra pressure.
He said: “Obviously he will not admit it, I will not make any assumptions.
“But I’m just saying I remember. [my first one] Was difficult. It was intense. I was going through a lot of different emotions, I didn’t always handle it the best way. And to be expected, it’s a lot of pressure.
“You’re working in a big team, there’s a lot of self-expectation and pressure because there’s a lot of desire to win.”