Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to resume hostilities at Hungarian GP, dwell solely on Sky Sports activities F1 this weekend | Budapest race is final earlier than F1’s August summer season break, with title rivals break up by simply eight factors in championship
By Matt Morlidge
Final Up to date: 26/07/21 7:25am
Sky Sports activities F1’s Jenson Button believes Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are set for extra “feisty” battles with the “gloves off” as their reignited rivalry continues at this weekend’s Hungarian GP.
Following many intense however largely respectful wheel-to-wheel duels to start out the 2021 season, Hamilton and Verstappen’s title combat suffered its first main flashpoint on the British GP because the star drivers crashed closely at first of the Silverstone race.
That, together with the very fact Hamilton has reduce Verstappen’s championship’s result in simply eight factors after capitalising on his DNF with a house victory, has considerably raised the stakes for the Hungarian GP- the final race earlier than F1’s August summer season break.
And Button says the pair will not be backing down from right here – though hopes they at the very least clear the air earlier than their subsequent battle.
“It should be a feisty one from right here on, which is nice for us watching however whether or not it is good for them – I do not know!” mentioned Button, the 2009 world champion and Hamilton’s former team-mate at McLaren. “Feelings are operating so excessive, these are two of one of the best drivers which have ever pushed F1 vehicles and it’ll be fisticuffs over the subsequent few races.
“We have simply bought to hope it is performed in the appropriate method. I feel after this race hopefully they’re going to talk about it, that is what’s necessary to me it is that these drivers perceive what occurred and so they discuss it and so they transfer on, after which they’ll combat as they need to with the gloves off.”
Whereas each side – Hamilton and Verstappen, and their groups Mercedes and Crimson Bull – blamed one another for the Silverstone crash with the disagreement fraught, Hamilton insisted he “did not have any points” along with his rival after the final race and that he can be “open” to speaking to him earlier than Hungary.
“There will be plenty of robust races arising and we’ve to study to strike a good steadiness,” added Hamilton on how he’ll strategy his subsequent battles with Verstappen, who he mentioned was “too aggressive” at Silverstone.
The Hungarian GP is dwell solely on Sky Sports activities F1 this weekend.
Can Hamilton construct on Silverstone momentum in Hungary?
Budapest’s twisty Hungaroring circuit is a basic F1 observe, and one that might nicely play extra into the palms of Crimson Bull given their benefit over Mercedes at related high-downforce circuits this 12 months – though the Silver Arrows’ improve actually appears to have introduced them nearer to the group which might be nonetheless the championship leaders regardless of their point-less Silverstone.
Hamilton has put in Crimson Bull and Verstappen, who’s absolutely match after a visit to hospital following his crash, favourites for the occasion – however is simply completely happy to be again within the title combat given his deficit a number of weeks in the past.
“Truthfully it has been such a tough 12 months,” he mentioned. “One I’ve totally loved. I’ve liked this battle however an emotional rollercoaster because it at all times is inside a championship.
“I actually loved these first 4 races the place it was shut because it was [at the British GP]. Then we noticed them take that step forward and I’d say we have undoubtedly made some errors as a group however simply additionally misplaced a little bit of efficiency, so to see an improve come again and us get again within the combat and be comparatively shut and to even be capable to qualify forward was actually, actually superb and it simply felt I used to be impressed by what the group introduced.
“Did I feel that we’d be again within the title combat? Jeez, I do not know. I prayed and hoped for it however I believed that it will be an extended slog to try to regain any of the factors however we’re now nearer; he is nonetheless bought fairly a number of factors forward however the race is on.”
Hungarian GP schedule on Sky Sports activities F1
5pm: The F1 Present (additionally streamed on Sky Sports activities F1 YouTube)
6pm: Drivers’ Press Convention
9am: Formulation 3 Observe
10am: Hungarian GP Observe One (session begins 10.30am)
12.45pm: Formulation 3 Qualifying
1.45pm: Hungarian GP Observe Two (session begins 2pm)
9.25am: Formulation 3 Dash Race 1
10.45am: Hungarian GP Observe Three (session begins 11am)
1pm: Hungarian GP Qualifying build-up
2pm: Hungarian GP Qualifying
4.45pm: Formulation 3 Dash Race 2
6pm: Ted’s Qualifying Pocket book
10.55am: Formulation 3 Characteristic Race
12.30pm: Hungarian GP: Grand Prix Sunday
2pm: THE 2021 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
4pm: Hungarian GP: Chequered flag
5pm: Ted’s Pocket book
6pm: Hungarian GP Highlights