In the midst of a tight F1 battle, ‘fisticuffs’ between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are expected.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen must communicate about the British Grand Prix crash, according to Jenson Button, in order to move on this season.
Jenson Button, a former Formula One driver, believes Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will discuss the “proper style” of racing in the aftermath of the British Grand Prix scandal, but predicts “fisticuffs” between the two this season.
The rivalry reached a fever pitch at the British Grand Prix, when the two title contenders clashed on the first lap, with the Dutchman sliding into the gravel at a 180mph curve at Silverstone and slamming into the tyre wall hard.
After the incident, the 23-year-old was taken to the hospital for further examinations, while Hamilton, who was given a ten-second penalty for his role in the crash, went on to win the race unchallenged.
Red Bull’s massive lead in the driver and team standings was shattered, with only four points separating Mercedes and the Milton-Keynes-based outfit in the title fight.
In the meantime, Verstappen’s lead had been whittled down to only eight points coming into round 11 in Budapest, as the season heats up.
Button, the 2009 champion, believes the show is only getting started.
“From here on out, it’s going to be a feisty one, which is fantastic for us to watch, but I’m not sure if it’s healthy for them!” In an interview with Sky Sports F1, Button said: “Emotions are running high; these are two of the best drivers who have ever driven F1 cars, and the next few races are likely to be fisticuffs.
“All we can do now is hope it’s done correctly.” I believe they will debate it after the race; what matters to me is that these drivers understand what happened, that they talk about it, and that they move on, so they can fight like they should with the gloves off.”
Both Mercedes and Red Bull have blamed each other for the Silverstone incident, which has heightened relations between the two teams.
Hamilton stated that he will speak with Verstappen after the race and that he has “no issue” with the Dutchman ahead of Hungary.
“There will be a lot of tough races coming up, and we need to figure out how to strike a good balance,” Hamilton continued.
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