Lewis Hamilton has determined to not again out of on-track battles when he believes he has a proper to the nook, Mercedes crew boss Toto Wolff says.
Wolff stated it adopted discussions over the aggressive strategy to racing of title rival Max Verstappen of Crimson Bull.
“The change in strategy is that Lewis just about determined to not bail out any extra when he thinks the nook is his,” Wolff stated.
“Now it wants two to grasp when a collision might be averted.”
The pair have had a sequence of incidents and near-misses throughout their championship struggle this season.
Hamilton has thrice backed out of shut racing conditions – on the primary laps of the Emilia Romagna, Spanish and Italian Grands Prix – whereas Verstappen fought out each contested nook.
This labored for him in securing the lead at Imola and Barcelona early within the season however the pair crashed collectively on the British and Italian races when Hamilton additionally determined to not yield.
At Silverstone, Hamilton went on to win the race, regardless of a 10-second penalty for the incident, whereas at Monza each retired and Verstappen was penalised with a three-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.
Crimson Bull’s Christian Horner stated he and Verstappen talk about all on-track incidents however that he didn’t count on the Dutchman to vary his strategy.
“We all the time overview any incident and have a look at it very fastidiously and also you all the time assume: ‘May I’ve accomplished something totally different? May I’ve accomplished something higher?'” Horner stated.
“Max is all the time very open to that. He’s extraordinarily self-critical. You are all the time studying.
“However he is a tough racer. It’s a part of his character – it’s a part of why he has the next he does.
“You realize he’s going to offer 110% and that has an impression on the driving force he’s racing, as a result of they only know he’s going to go for it.
“However in fact there must be measure, and on the proper occasions he has proven that measure even in numerous races this yr, however it’s a part of the character that he’s, that he’s an attacking driver.
“It is a part of his make-up and I do not assume it’ll change.”
Each males admitted there have been more likely to be extra incidents between the 2 drivers over the remaining races this yr.
Wolff stated: “They stunning a lot know what they do. If each needed to keep away from collisions, we’d have much less. In the event that they each really feel it’s proper to not bail out, then we are going to see extra.”
Horner stated: “We would like it to be a very aggressive, clear run-in to the tip of the season however when they’re beginning subsequent to one another, Max is a no-quarter sort of man and Lewis has demonstrated he does not wish to give something both.”