Jenson Button believes that the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will intensify following the British Grand Prix, but hopes they will ensure that the battle plays out in the right way.
Verstappen saw his lead over Hamilton in the World Championship standings reduced after crashing out at Silverstone following a first-lap clash with the Mercedes driver. Hamilton received a 10-second penalty for his part in the collision, but was still able to go on to win the Grand Prix. Meanwhile Red Bull left with no points.
"It's going to be a feisty one from here on, which is good for us watching but whether it's good for them - I don't know!" Button told Sky Sports F1.
"Emotions are running so high, these are two of the best drivers that have ever driven F1 cars and it is going to be fisticuffs over the next few races.
"We've just got to hope it's done in the right manner. I think after this race hopefully they'll discuss it, that's what's important to me it's that these drivers understand what happened and they talk about it and they move on, and then they can fight as they should with the gloves off."
As was recently reported by RacingNews365.com, sources have confirmed that Hamilton and Verstappen have spoken since the incident, but it's not yet been explained who contacted whom. It is also unclear how the conversation went, whether either driver apologised to the other, or the tone of the chat.
The 2021 F1 calendar heads to Hungary this weekend for the 11th race of the season, which will also be the final event before the summer break commences.
Both Hamilton and Verstappen will be hoping to go into the break with the most momentum. Verstappen's lead over Hamilton is now just eight points, whilst Red Bull's advantage over Mercedes in the Constructors' Championship stands at four points.
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