Bernie Ecclestone shares view on Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton purposefully crashing

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton remain almost neck and neck in the race for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship title with just two races left of the season. But Bernie Ecclestone does not expect either of the pair will deliberately crash into the other to sabotage their attempts to win the championship, believing they would never dream of doing so.

Ecclestone, the former chief executive of the Formula One Group, was involved in for 47 years and was formerly a driver, although he never raced in F1.

And with Hamilton and Verstappen fighting tooth and nail for the title, Ecclestone has had his say on claims that either of the pair may intentionally try to crash into the other.

“Obviously it can happen,” Ecclestone said to RTL about the clashes, with Hamilton and Verstappen having collided a couple of times this season.

“But I think it’s the last thing either of them would want to happen.

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“If somebody else happens to bump into them they would be unhappy, but they’d think ‘well, that’s how it is’.

“But I don’t think either of them would try to take the other one out.”

The pair collided at the British Grand Prix in July, a race in which Verstappen was forced to retire.

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The pair also both crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza with Verstappen’s car planted on top of his rival’s.

And there was another incident at the Brazilian Grand Prix as Verstappen forced the Brit out wide before he was overtaken with just nine laps to go.

Verstappen remains eight points ahead of Hamilton in the standings with just two races to go.

The Dutchman was 21 points ahead of Hamilton prior to the Brazilian Grand Prix, but that lead has now been reduced by Hamilton’s back-to-back wins.

With only the Saudi and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix left of the year, there is not much room to slip up for either driver.

And having won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for three of the last five years, Hamilton will quietly fancy his chances if the title battle goes down to the last race.

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