LONDON (AFP) - 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 One boss Ross Brawn said on Monday.
Italian Grand Prix Stewards deemed Red Bull’s championship leader Verstappen was at fault for Sunday’s collision and handed the Dutch youngster 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 in his regular post-race column on the official www.Formula1.com website.
“Ultimately, I think it’s another consequence of two guys going head to head and not wanting to give an inch.
“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.