Lewis Hamilton is not troubled by the tension towards the denouement of the blistering title fight with Max Verstappen.

With Grands Prix to go, the seven-time world champion has to make up eight points behind the Dutch World Cup leader, starting next weekend in Saudi Arabia.

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"I am more relaxed than ever before," Hamilton said at his press conference in Jeddah on Thursday.

"I remember my first title fight and even the second and third. The sleepless nights and all that stuff."

"I'm happy to get back into the car and grateful that we have two more races to fight it out," continued Hamilton, who became world champions in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

"The team is working very hard on it and I feel great."

For Hamilton, the battle with Verstappen is different from other years.

Previously, the competition came from his own team Mercedes.

"We now have two teams that are incredibly close to each other. And it's also different because we are in uncharted territory as a team. No one has ever won eight titles, not in a row as a team or as a driver."

Lewis Hamilton made a relaxed impression in Saudi Arabia.

Lewis Hamilton made a relaxed impression in Saudi Arabia.

Photo: Reuters

Hamilton feels 'not comfortable' in Saudi Arabia

Hamilton spoke out in Saudi Arabia about the human rights situation in the country, just like two weeks ago in Qatar.

Homosexuality is a crime in Saudi Arabia.

"Whether I feel comfortable here? I wouldn't say that," said Hamilton, who again rides with a helmet in the colors of the rainbow.

"It's not my choice to race here. That's the choice the sport made. Changes have to come here. That's why we need to create awareness for that when we're here. And that's why I wore the rainbow helmet in Qatar and will wear it for the next two races too."

Hamilton may already have lost the championship battle on Sunday.

If Verstappen wins the race and Hamilton finishes seventh or lower, the Dutchman will be world champion for the first time in his career.

The race at Jeddah Corniche Circuit starts at 6:30 PM on Sunday.

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