Lewis Hamilton questions Max Verstappen's maturity
- Author: Regina Holmes Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 11:25
Hamilton called Verstappen the expletive shortly after the race, but Max shrugged it off when shown the video by Dutch TV.
"Today he should have finished a decent race, because he's good enough to do that". "I don't know what Lewis did, but we've all been in that situation".
Verstappen took the criticism in his stride, telling Dutch television Monday night: "You are full of adrenaline when you have just stepped out of your auto".
"I have to re-watch it to be honest, because in the heat of the moment I only have one picture in my mind", the Briton said. It's a human reaction.
The Red Bull driver was on the inside in the middle of the turn and ran to the outside to squeeze Hamilton, whose front wing then clipped his left-rear wheel.
The British driver branded 20-year-old Verstappen a "d***head" after the Dutchman collided with Hamilton in Bahrain after a gung-ho attempt at overtaking.
'Sometimes I feel it's all a bit blown up and artificial if we have these questions, trying to make a story out of nothing.
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.
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"It was just unnecessary for him to do that". Sebastian Vettel took a scintillating pole at the Sakhir circuit completing the lap in 1m27.958s and was closely followed by teammate Kimi Raikkonen in second place with a gap of 0.143s.
"I had a good run out of the last corner and went for the inside", he said.
He asked: "I believe, if my ears are correct, you used the word d*ckhead, after the race concerning Max Verstappen and the overtake and the contact, is that correct?" There are times you need more. Who was wrong, or was it just a racing incident?
But to the surprise of the journalist, Vettel jumped to Hamilton's rescue asking if he could answer the question.
SV: "I think it's not fair..."
He also over-drove in the opening laps of the first race of the season trying to pass Kevin Magnussen's Haas, damaged his vehicle running off track and then spun, an incident that led to him finishing the race sixth rather than fourth. So, it's not personal, don't take it personal. "However, they'd always come straight back saying '" I will't even listen to you'.
Moderator: "I'll just apologise for any colourful language in Sebastian's answer there".
Lewis Hamilton faced a tough job starting P9 due to a gearbox change and a fairly uninspiring Saturday. I think maybe it was when we were talking afterwards? This was Verstappen's third self-inflicted wound in two races.
"We definitely seem a lot more competitive than in Melbourne and it looks positive for tomorrow".
"It was hard racing", said the Red Bull boss.