“They have to fight, that’s part of the game. Hopefully with the respect they need for their own team and their own results.” Alex Wurz discusses Lewis Hamilton vs. Max Verstappen as the next battle awaits him at the Russian GP, all live on Sky Sports F1
By Matt Morlidge
Last updated: 09/19/21 9:17 a.m.
Grand Prix Drivers’ Association president Alex Wurz believes Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are “very likely” to crash again this season after collisions at Monza and Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are “very likely” to crash again before their 2021 championship battle is over, Alex Wurz believes.
Wurz, the president of the Grand Prix Pilots Association, said Sky Sports News that Hamilton and Verstappen have “great respect for each other” but also “big racing egos” as he predicted a third collision between the two, who are only five points apart in the title race and whose intense rivalry has intensified during an absorbing season.
“I think [it’s] most likely, to be honest, “Wurz said.” Both have to mark their territory.
“It’s sports, if you look at boxing, football, handball, whatever there is – when two greats get together, these things happen.”
F1 2021 continues with this weekend’s Russian GP, live only on Sky Sports F1, where Verstappen will be assessed a grid penalty for his role in the dramatic Monza crash – the second of the season for him and for Hamilton.
The Russian GP schedule live from Sky Sports F1
|Date and show||On air||Start of session|
|Practice two||12:45 p.m.||1 p.m.|
|Qualification||12:30 p.m.||1 p.m.|
|The Russian GP||11:30||1 p.m.|
Wurz stressed his belief that the British and Italian GP maneuvers were “racing incidents”, and his hope that the duels “remain fair”.
“Outside of the car I talk to the two and they talk to each other, and they have a lot of respect for each other, which is really nice to see,” he said. “But on the other hand, on the track, it’s ‘hey, we’re here to fight, we’re here to win the Formula 1 world championship’. It’s one of the most prestigious titles. that we can have in the world of sport.
“They have to fight, that’s part of the game. I hope that with the respect they need for their own team and their own results, and not just for each other, because to finish first you have to finish , so they can’t afford too many accidents. “
Dramatic new footage has been released of the potentially defining moment for the season when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Italian Grand Prix.
When asked if he would give any advice to the drivers, he said they have “a big chest and a big racing ego”, Wurz added: “There will be a conversation but you have to go our separate ways. ‘be in the car and make such decisions.
“They’re just humans, and they were angry, both with bad pit stops and the way the race went, and you know you only have one chance.
“In that case, maybe to some extent the two broke under that pressure and came together.”
Will the clashes between Hamilton and Verstappen continue?
F1 chief driver Wurz isn’t the only one who thinks it could happen again.
“You have two roosters in the backyard right now and we are seeing the consequences,” said Ross Brawn, F1 Motorsport General Manager, in his latest column.
Sky Formula One’s Karun Chandhok says it’s a huge relief that Lewis Hamilton came out of his crash at the Italian GP unscathed and thinks it’s fair that Max Verstappen received a three-place grid penalty for his role in the incident.
“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.”
Hamilton, who criticized Verstappen’s aggressive approach after his crash at Monza and praised the commissioners for penalizing him, added: “This will continue until we have to learn from our scenarios on track. , and I have no history of these incidents.
“At the end of the day, when you get away with things like that, then it’s easy to keep doing it.”
Russian GP schedule on Sky Sports F1
The 2021 season continues with the Russian GP in Sochi, Mercedes stronghold in recent years.
Verstappen will take at least a three grid-place penalty for the race, and possibly more if Red Bull decides to double their penalty with a new engine and a start behind the grid.
Hamilton, meanwhile, has a good chance of regaining the championship lead.
The whole weekend is live only on Sky Sports F1.
4 p.m .: The F1 Show Live (also broadcast on Sky Sports F1 YouTube)
5 p.m .: Pilot press conference
6:55 a.m .: Live F3 practice
8:05 am: F2 Live Practice
9am: Russian GP Practice One Live (session starts at 9:30 am)
10.55 a.m .: Live F3 Qualifying
12:45 p.m .: Russian GP Practice Two Live (start of the session at 1 p.m.)
2:20 p.m .: Live F2 Qualifying
6.30am: F3 Sprint Race 1 live
8:10 am: F2 Sprint Race 1 live
9.45am: Russian GP Practice Three Live (session starts at 10am)
11:35 am: F3 Sprint Race 2 live
12:30 p.m .: Preparation for qualifying for the Russian GP live
1 p.m .: RUSSIAN GP QUALIFICATIONS LIVE!
2:35 p.m .: F2 Sprint Race 2 live
7:50 a.m .: F3 Feature Race Live
9:10 a.m .: F2 Feature Race Live
11:30 am: Grand Prix of the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday live
1 p.m .: THE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX LIVE!
3 p.m .: Russian GP live from the checkered flag
4.30 p.m .: Highlights of the Russian GP