Hamilton and Verstappen won't back off, says Brawn

Sports | REUTERS 15 Sep 2021

The title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is likely to stay full-on to the end of the season despite the pair crashing into each other at Monza, Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn says.

Italian Grand Prix stewards deemed Red Bull's championship leader Verstappen was at fault for Sunday's collision and handed the Dutchman a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Russia.

Brawn, a former Honda and Mercedes team boss and ex-Ferrari technical head, said fans were sure to be split on who was to blame.

"It's clear both drivers could have avoided it," he said.

"Ultimately, I think it's another consequence of two guys going head to head and not wanting to give an inch.

"You've got two cockerels in the farmyard 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."

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