Ross Brawn, the managing director of Formula One, spoke out on the collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
Ross Brawn, the executive director of Formula One, hopes that the 2021 Drivers’ Championship will be decided on the track rather than by stewards or crashes.
After a collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, the stewards gave the Dutchman a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix, judging him to be to blame for the event.
The F1 title contenders collided at the Monza circuit’s first chicane, with Hamilton squeezing Verstappen onto the sausage kerb, lifting the Red Bull car on top of the Mercedes and colliding with the British driver in the process.
“I’m interested to see what impact this has on their on-going battle for the title,” Brawn wrote.
“We have lived through Silverstone which was a major and controversial incident. Personally, I wouldn’t say it has changed the dynamic. You’ve got two cockerels in the farmyard at the moment and we are seeing the consequence of it.
“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.”
Despite the stewards’ judgment, Brawn stopped from attributing blame to either driver, admitting that both could have avoided the collision.
“Max and Lewis visited the stewards after the race and it was Max who was given the blame, and a three-place grid penalty for Russia, for causing the collision at the first chicane,” Brawn continued.
“Fans will be split, I’m sure. It’s clear both drivers could have avoided it. Ultimately I think it’s another consequence of two guys going head to head and not wanting to give inch. It’s a shame they ended up in the gravel because it could have shaped up to be a great race, and we were deprived of that.”
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