GDPA (Grand Prix Drivers’ Association) chairman Alexander Wurz is going to have a cup of coffee with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. This as a result of their crash during the Italian Grand Prix.
The 2021 F1 season is one of the most exciting in the history of Formula 1. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been neck-and-neck all season. In the mutual fights it is hard against hard. Sometimes the boundaries blur, resulting in two crashes.
GDPA chairman Alexander Wurz enjoys the rivalry, but still wants to sit down with both men. A third crash is very likely, he says.
“I think it’s very likely, to be honest. Both drivers have to mark their territory. That’s sport. If you look at boxing, football, handball, whatever – when two greats come together, those things happen.”, he tells Sky Sports.
According to Wurz, there is mutual respect. “Outside the car I talk to both of them and they talk to each other, and they have a lot of respect for each other, which is really nice to see. But on the other hand, on the track, it’s ‘hey, we’re here to fight, we are here to win the world championship’. It is one of the most prestigious titles you can have in the world of sport.”
“They have to fight, that’s part of the game. Hopefully 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 first. afford too many crashes.”
The GDPA chairman will talk to Verstappen and Hamilton. “There will be a conversation, but you have to detach yourself from being in the car and making these choices. They are also just people and they were both angry, both because of a bad pit stop and how their race went.”
Wurz understands the move: “You only have one chance and you know it. In this case they may have both collapsed under the pressure.”