GPDA's Wurz to talk to Hamilton and Verstappen

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GPDA's Wurz to talk to Hamilton and Verstappen

GPDA chairman Alex Wurz says he plans on talking to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen about their run-in at Monza, but the German fears there will be more on-track clashes between the pair this season.

Verstappen and Hamilton will resume their fierce title battle this week in Sochi, with the Dutchman approaching the Russian Grand Prix weekend with a three-place grid penalty handed to him by the stewards for his involvement in the collision – the second of the season with his archrival.

Wurz, who governs the Grand Prix Drivers Association, believes both drivers "cracked under pressure" in Italy, and the former F1 driver plans on holding a conversation with F1's two protagonists who have "big chests and big racing egos".

"There will be a conversation, but you have to separate yourself from being in the car and making such decisions," Wurz told Sky Sports.

"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."

As the championship unfolds with Verstappen and Hamilton running neck-to-neck, Wurz believes its likely that more skirmishes will take place this season between the pair.

"I think [it's] very likely, to be honest," he commented. "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."

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Wurz insists the on-track brawls between the Red Bull and Mercedes stalwarts haven't eroded their mutual respect.

"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," he said.

"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."

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Alonso wouldn't go up against Verstappen at Red Bull

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Alonso wouldn't go up against Verstappen at Red Bull

Fernando Alonso has dealt with many strong teammates during his F1 career, but the two-time world champion admits he would not want to race alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull.

Verstappen, a 17-time Grand Prix winner, currently leads the F1 world championship by a handful of points from Lewis Hamilton, whom the Dutchman is challenging on a consistent basis for the first time thanks to Red Bull's strong level of performance versus Mercedes.

Over the years, Verstappen has always succeeded in gaining the upper hand over his various teammates, including Daniel Ricciardo, and often with detrimental effects for those on the receiving end of the Red Bull's charger's dominance, as was the case with Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon.

Alonso reckons the Verstappen/Red Bull alliance is one he would not want to go up against while sitting on the other side of the Milton Keynes-based outfit's garage.

"At the moment, he's the only one that I will not be happy to maybe compete [with]," Alonso told Dutch website RacingNews365.

"I respect Max a lot. At the moment, in the Red Bull environment with his team, with his experience there, I don't think that many drivers can join Red Bull and beat Max.

"If you took Max out of Red Bull, maybe you [would] have a better chance."

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Alonso was partnered with Hamilton, Verstappen's archrival, in 2007 at McLaren where he witnessed up close the Briton's talent.

Although the Spaniard has always highly rated the seven-time world champion, Alonso believes that Verstappen, now mature and experienced, is at the top of F1's pyramid and the favourite to win the 2021 title.

"I think he is on top of the game at the moment, I consider him the best in the paddock right now," he said.

"His improvement was very noticeable in the first couple of years. He started already at a high level but, sometimes, making a few accidents here and there, maybe too much aggression in some of the movements and things like that.

"Now I think he reached a level of maturity that is very high, and with his natural speed, it becomes quite difficult to beat him for anyone.

"So I think he's the favourite for this year and probably for the years to come."

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