The first move has been made, and the risk is that now the rivalry between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is an inclined plane in which nobody can and wants to stop. The Silverstone incident could create a chain of events that, even with good will, would have a negative impact on the championship. The Hungaroring will be fundamental, at least to create a buffer zone before the break. From Hungary there will be a preview of what the rest of the championship will be like: if Verstappen wants to take revenge (which, however, the Red Bull councilor Helmut Marko has ruled out), then it is easy for the two to risk a collision until the end of the World Cup; if the Dutchman keeps his cool, the championship could hope for a normal final.
Hamilton-Verstappen, Marko excludes revenge
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff admitted that option 1 is by no means to be discarded: “I think the intensity of the battle will increase after Silverstone. It will definitely not be the last time they fight for the position and we hope they can do it in a sporty way. AND, otherwise, we will see other collisions. I think part of Hamilton’s success is his maturity, his long-term vision. This strategy is important for winning championships, because you need to score points in every race“, Said the Austrian CEO Autosport, referring to the fact that the British at the beginning of the season avoided – for example at Imola – a clash that could have inflicted a zero on him. “At Silverstone, however, neither of them gave up and ended up in a heavy collision“.
Hamilton is now alone eight points behind Verstappen in the drivers ‘standings, while in the constructors’ standings Red Bull is four points ahead. If Mercedes hadn’t achieved a double podium against Milton Keynes’ zero, Silverstone could have become the cornerstone of their championship aspirations. So, instead, everything is open. But watch out for revenge.