LONDON: Title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen set to continue until the end of the season despite the couple’s collision at Monza, Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn (Photo) said Monday.
The Italian Grand Prix commissioners ruled that Red Bull championship leader Verstappen was responsible for Sunday’s collision and handed the young Dutchman a penalty of three grid places for the next race in Russia.
Brawn, a former Honda and Mercedes team boss and former Ferrari technical manager, said fans were sure to be divided over who was to blame.
“It is clear that both drivers could have avoided it,” he said in his post-race column on the official website. www.Formule1.com website.
“At the end of the day, I think that’s another consequence of two guys fighting each other and not wanting to give up an inch.
“Personally, I wouldn’t say it changed the dynamic. You have two roosters in the barnyard right now and we are seeing the consequences.
“I don’t think either of them will back down at any point for the rest of the year, but I hope the championship is won on the track and not in the fences or the marshals hall.”
Sunday was the second big clash between the two in five races after the previous wheel-to-wheel incidents.
At the British Grand Prix in July, Verstappen crashed at high speed and ended up in hospital for check-ups as Hamilton claimed victory in front of his home fans.
This race, like Monza, followed an experimental sprint qualifying race on Saturday and Brawn saw “a lot of bright spots”.
“It upset the order and led to a slightly evolved grid, which in turn created a different dynamic in the race,” he said.
“I think it offers a lot – and we still have a lead to try it out. Then we’ll do an objective assessment and find a way forward.”
He said the Italian Grand Prix also delivered “the strongest weekend streaming numbers we’ve ever seen on our OTT F1TV platform.” – Reuters