Verstappen lacked respect with Bahrain GP move, says Hamilton

Max Verstappen blamed a sudden spike in engine power for his Bahrain qualifying crash
Max Verstappen blamed a sudden spike in engine power for his Bahrain qualifying crash
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11 April, 2018

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner cited the coming-together as "hard racing" but Hamilton said: 'It is interesting to hear Christian has said that because they have a auto which should be getting good results but through inexperience, or not mature decisions, they are not.

That should theoretically allow him to go longer in the race before needing to pit, opening up strategic possibilities Mercedes might be able to exploit in the event of a safety vehicle, like Ferrari did in Australia.

I said I was in control.

"We were racing, which was all fine, and often when the vehicle is on the outside you should end up running out of road".

"I don't think it's justified to give us these kind of s*** questions and making up a story out of nothing, if we are just racing and we are full of adrenaline and sometime we say these things".

And let's not forget Pierre Gasly; the Toro Rosso driver (now powered by a Honda engine, don't forget) finished an incredible fourth behind Hamilton.

"I am doing 34.3, is that enough?" a bewildered Hamilton replied, later adding, "Feels like you guys are not giving me much of a picture". If I was in their vehicle, I would have got points for Red Bull.

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A blistering first lap brought the Dutchman right on the heels of Hamilton, but in an attempt to elbow his way past the Mercedes driver, the pair made contact.

"We got a bit squeezed but from the middle to the end of the corner I was ahead, I then felt a nudge from behind and could feel the puncture and therefore knew the race was likely over".

Verstappen crashed in qualifying in Bahrain on Saturday, blaming an unexpected power surge for the incident.

"Communication is really hard when you are trying to catch Sebastian, who is 25 seconds ahead, to know exactly what you need to do to not kill your tyres but make it so you catch him at the end".

Watching the footage back afterwards, having finished third in Sakhir, Hamilton was overheard calling Verstappen a "d***head" for his failed manouvre. "However, they'd always come straight back saying '" I will't even listen to you'. Who was wrong, or was it just a racing incident?

It was an unnecessary collision. Ferrari looked strong, with Raikkonen and Vettel setting the pace as cooler temperatures and nightfall matched the conditions for today evening's race.

Will Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari make it three wins in a row or can Mercedes and Red Bull respond in Shanghai?


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