Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen look set for a ‘talking to’ this weekend regarding their recent spats on track.
The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association Chairman, Alexander Wurz, says conversations will be had, but he insisted that both drivers have the utmost respect for one another off track.
He told Sky Sports that officials understand the ongoing fight for the title incites incredibly close battles during the race and says that they’re “only humans, and they were angry.”
However, in order to clinch the championship, both drivers need to finish the remaining Grands Prix.
“There will be a conversation, but you have to separate yourself from being in the car and making such decisions,” Wurz said.
“They’re only humans, and they were angry, both of them because of bad pit-stops and how the race unfolded, and you know you only have one opportunity.
“In this case maybe – to an extent – both cracked under this pressure and came together.”
However, speaking about the potential for similar moments during the remaining races, Wurz said; “I think very likely, to be honest. Both have to mark their territory. That’s sport.
“If you watch boxing, football, handball, whatever there is, when two greats are coming together, those things happen.
“Outside the car, I talk to both, and they talk to each other, and they have great respect for each other, which is really nice to see.
“But on the other side, ‘on the track, we are here to fight, we are here to win the Formula 1 World Championship’.
“It’s one of the most prestigious titles you can have in the world of sport. They have to fight, it’s part of the game.
“Hopefully with the respect they need for their own team and their own results, and not only for each other, because to finish first you have to finish, so they can’t afford too many crashes,” concluded the Austrian.