Hamilton Asks Verstappen To Show More Respect, Labels Dutchman Immature

Clyde Nash
April 11, 2018

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has criticised Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen for failing to get the most out of his auto so far this season.

When watching the incident back behind the podium Hamilton referred to Verstappen as "a dickhead", and speaking to the media after the race he said he felt the incident was "unnecessary". Verstappen, who blamed Hamilton for the collision, has taken Formula One by storm since making his debut as a 17-year-old with Toro Rosso in 2015.

But to the surprise of the journalist, Vettel jumped to Hamilton's rescue asking if he could answer the question.

"Can I answer that?"

"It was unfortunate", said Verstappen, who will start 15th. I know we looked like idiots from the outside. We fight someone and sometimes we go wheel-to-wheel and it's close - and we have a lot of adrenaline going. "So I think we should cut it right there, so now if Lewis can answer".

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"If I hit you in your face, you're not going to say "oh, Sebastian, that wasn't nice". So we ended up touching.

Hamilton managed to catch up in the third place, which was just behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull's weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix really was the stuff of nightmares. The Dutchman is now into his fourth season in the sport and has already been tipped for greatness having won three races thus far.

The iceman dominated the first run in Q3 leading by 0.095s from Vettel, but could not improve his time in during the second run.

Both Hamilton and Vettel are chasing their fifth World titles this season with the Brit the favourite to claim it given his three titles in the last four years.

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"From the start I was enjoying the feel of the vehicle and finding the gaps and it was shaping up to be an exciting race".

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 auto, like Ferrari did in Australia.

The team's other driver, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, retired early on in Bahrain with an electrical failure.

During a pit stop on lap 36, Kimi Raikkonen was given the green light to drive away even though the left rear wheel had not been changed. There needs to be a certain respect between drivers and ultimately... maybe I need to go and watch the manoeuvre again, but it didn't feel like a respectful manoeuvre, but ultimately it was a silly manoeuvre for himself, because he didn't finish the race.

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