Alex Wurz says Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are “very likely” to crash into each other again this season.
The Chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association was with Sky Sports News recently. There, he revealed his prediction for the two title rivals, saying he sees more of that coming this season. That, according to him, will be because of their massive racing egos and desires to win the title.
“I think (it is) very likely, to be honest,” Wurz said.
“Both have to mark their territory. That’s sport, if you watch boxing, football, handball, whatever there is – when two greats are coming together, those things happen.”
“Outside the car I talk to both and they talk to each other, and they have great respect for each other, which is really nice to see. But on the other side, on the track it’s ‘Hey, we are here to fight, we are here to win the Formula 1 world championship.’ It’s one of the most prestigious titles you can have in the world of sport.
“They have to fight, it’s part of the game. Hopefully with the respect they need for their own team and their own results, and not only for each other, because to finish first you have to finish, so they can’t afford too many crashes,” he explained.
Wurz’s comments were backed by Ross Brawn, F1 Managing Director of Motorsport. He penned his thoughts on the rivalry in his column, saying it is a battle for the designation of top dog.
“You’ve got two cockerels in the farmyard at the moment and we are seeing the consequence of it,” Brawn said.
“I don’t think either will back off at any moment for the rest of the year but I hope the championship is won on the track not in the barriers or the stewards room.”