Mercedes strategies predict crashes between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

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Mercedes strategies predict crashes between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

This season, Ralf Schumacher feels there will be more pyrotechnics between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Ralf Schumacher feels there will be more pyrotechnics between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen after Esteban Ocon of Alpine grabbed victory in Hungary, giving the championship a fresh twist.

For the first time since the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton grabbed command of the standings after a stunning comeback to finish on the podium in Budapest.

Verstappen has suffered in recent races, first colliding with Hamilton at Silverstone and earning no points, and then colliding with another Mercedes driver, this time Valtteri Bottas, in Hungary.

Bottas was out of shape when he slammed into the rear of Lando Norris’ McLaren in Turn One at the Hungaroring.

Norris then collided with Sergio Perez, tangles resulting in Verstappen losing his right barge board.

The Dutchman did finish the race, albeit in P9 with only a few points to his name, leaving the 23-year-old unhappy as the summer break approaches.

Nonetheless, Michael Schumacher’s brother, a seven-time world champion and former Formula One racer, told Sky Deutschland that he believes the fight is far from over.

He stated, “Max Verstappen has been extremely unlucky twice now, but he has put in a tremendous effort so far.”

“Even when the Red Bull isn’t performing at its best, he pulls the most out of it.” He’s let Hamilton slip away [in the rankings], but I don’t think he’ll overachieve in the second part of the season because he’s matured.

“You’ve seen it throughout the season, and it was very needed. Of course, Lewis is doing everything he can to catch him off guard, but he won’t be able to beat Max this year.

“For Red Bull, it will be critical to focus on the necessities rather than reacting to Mercedes’ diversionary tactics all of the time.

“I don’t believe this is the last time Lewis and Max have fought. The closer the World Championship gets, the more difficult the pace will be.

“It’s fantastic for us as spectators because we can look forward to super-exciting races.”

“These situations don’t do anything [to me], it’s just disappointing,” Verstappen said after Hungary.

“I know that when we go back, I’ll be there, and I’ll give it my all.”Brinkwire Summary News”.

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