The British Grand Prix only went onto show that neither of the top two leaders of the Driver’s Championship are going to back down from being aggressive. Both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen would be looking to make the most of the Hungarian Grand Prix after the former has made a significant comeback for himself and his team in the previous race at Silverstone.
However, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes that the Formula 1 cannot rule out more crashes to come between the two, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen if they are unable to comprehend on their rivalry in a ‘sportsmanship’ manner. Ahead of what is likely to be an intense Hungarian GP this weekend with the two drivers set to meet for the first time since their crash, Wolff accepts that further incidents remain possible.
Toto Wolff on More of Lewis Hamilton – Max Verstappen Crashes to Come in 2021
Speaking to Motorsport.com about how he thinks the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen will develop, Wolff said, “I think that the intensity has increased since Silverstone.
“It certainly will not be the last time they fight for position and hopefully they can do it in a sportsmanlike way. And, if not, we will see more collisions.”
Hamilton and Verstappen have been involved in a number of battles over the course of the 2021 F1 season, but the British GP was the first time that there had been proper contact between them.
Wolff thinks that in the past, Hamilton has elected to avoid trouble because he’s been happy to play the long game, whereas this time around neither man wanted to give up ground.
“I think part of his [Hamilton’s] success is not only his race craft, but also his maturity,” said Wolff. “Long-term strategy is important in order to win championships because you need to score points.
“It has come to a situation that ceding a track position has been part of the pattern of the last few races. This time neither of them conceded and it ended up in a heavy collision.”
“I think he’s much beyond proving a point,” concluded Wolff. “He is a 99-time race winner, and seven-time world champion. There is nothing Lewis Hamilton needs to prove to anybody anymore.”