Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are ‘very likely’ to crash again this season claims F1 drivers’ chief Alex Wurz who says both of the title rivals ‘have to mark their territory’

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  • Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen Italian GP . retired after a crash in
  • The pair had previously been together at Silverstone where Verstappen crashed
  • Alex Wurz believes both drivers could crash again for the rest of the race
  • Verstappen leads by five points with at least seven races to go this season

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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are ‘very likely’ to crash again during the championship battle, according to Alex Wurz.

Mercedes and Red Bull drivers collided for the second time this season at the Italian Grand Prix, resulting in both drivers retiring from the race.

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Wurz, who is the president of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, told sky game That there could be a third collision in the rest of the race.

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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen clash in Monzao for the second time this season

Grand Prix Drivers Association president Alex Wurz thinks it is 'very likely' they will crash again

Grand Prix Drivers Association president Alex Wurz thinks it is ‘very likely’ they will crash again

Asked if they would crash again, he replied: ‘I think (it) is very possible, to be honest. Both have to mark their territory.

The Austrian continued: ‘Outside the car I talk to the two of them and they talk to each other, and they have a lot of respect for each other, which is really nice to see.

‘But on the other hand, it’s on the track, ‘Hey, we’re here to fight, we’re here to win the Formula 1 world championship’. This is one of the most coveted titles for you in the world of sports.

Hamilton and Verstappen are in a fierce title fight with five points in front of the Dutchman

Hamilton and Verstappen are in a fierce title fight with five points in front of the Dutchman

Verstappen will face a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix due to his part in the shunt

Verstappen will face a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix due to his part in the shunt

‘They have to fight, it’s part of the game. Hopefully with respect they need their team and their own results, and not just each other, because to finish first you have to finish, so they can’t afford too many crashes.’

The pair first came together at the British Grand Prix, when Verstappen was hit by Hamilton as the Mercedes driver attempted to cross him from the inside at Kopse.

Verstappen went off the circuit and through a gravel net before hitting the tire barrier with a 51G impact.

Hamilton was judged as the guilty party on that occasion as he was given a 10-second penalty, although he was still able to go ahead and win the race.

Hamilton says 'halo' safety device saved his life when Verstappen's car lands on top

Hamilton says ‘Halo’ safety device saved his life when Verstappen’s car lands on top

At Monza, Verstappen tried to pass Hamilton as he entered the pits, but ran out of room and made contact with the Briton’s left rear tire, launching his car into the air and over Hamilton’s car.

Verstappen was blamed more for the accident and is facing a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix.

Wurz believes both shunts were ‘racing incidents’, and hopes the couple ‘stay fair’.

F1 Motorsport boss Ross Brawn has previously said he expects the championship not to be decided by another collision.

He added: ‘I wouldn’t say it changed the dynamics – you have two cockerels in the farmyard at the moment and we’re seeing the result – and I don’t think either of them will back down at any moment. the rest of the year.

‘But I expect the championship to be won on the track, not the barrier or the steward’s room.’

The pair had previously collided at the British Grand Prix which forced Verstappen out of the race

The pair had previously collided at the British Grand Prix which forced Verstappen out of the race

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