Ross Brawn: “You’ve got two cockerels in the farmyard”

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When talking about Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s collision at the Italian Grand Prix, Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn compared the two drivers to “two cockerels in the farmyard”.

Lewis and Max collided on the first corner, midway through the Italian Grand Prix, and both ended up in the gravel.

After the race Verstappen was handed a three-place grid penalty to be served at the Russian Grand Prix. Ross Brawn hopes the championship will not be won “in the barriers or the stewards’ room”.

“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 said.

“Verstappen and Hamilton’s clash with have ramifications in Russia as the Dutchman will serve a grid penalty for his part

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“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.

“I’m interested to see what impact this has on their on-going battle for the title. 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,” concluded the Briton.

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