Hamilton Asks Verstappen To Show More Respect, Labels Dutchman Immature

Hamilton Asks Verstappen To Show More Respect, Labels Dutchman Immature

Lewis Hamilton has questioned Max Verstappen's maturity after their clash in the Bahrain Grand Prix, suggesting that someone with greater experience would have brought points home for Red Bull on Sunday.

Max Verstappen did his best to take the world champion out one lap into the race when he chopped across the Mercedes' bow and made contact.

But to the surprise of the journalist, Vettel jumped to Hamilton's rescue asking if he could answer the question. This was Verstappen's third self-inflicted wound in two races.

Vettel said it was normal for a driver to react emotionally in high-pressure situations. I think to myself if Fernando [Alonso] was in that vehicle today he would have finished a decent race and got points for Red Bull. I mean, if I hit you in your face, you're not going to say "oh, Sebastian, that wasn't nice".

Hamilton had earlier told television reporters that "emotion is always firing when you get out of the car" and added that he could not remember making the comment until reminded that it was in the pre-podium room.

"And I've got to save tyres so that when we're at the end and he catches me I can still fight". Then I'm not going to stay behind him. That would have really been hard.

"Lewis was trying to go around the outside and at one point I was ahead".




"We will definitely sit down and communicate a bit better, sit down and discuss the last two races", Hamilton said. Ultimately, I had a coming together with Max and it was an unnecessary collision.

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. "It didn't feel that respectful. It was a silly manoeuvre from him because he didn't finish the race".

Sitting beside Vettel, who he battled in an often-fiery 2017 campaign, Hamilton did not address the journalist's remarks directly but went on to accuse Verstappen of showing a lack of "respect".

"I think Lewis still had enough space on the left but I got a touch on the left rear and it destroyed my diffuser". He was past. I couldn't get by.

Verstappen's crash in qualifying in Bahrain has come just two weeks after the Dutchman also spun in the Australian Grand Prix, but team boss Christian Horner has denied suggestions the youngster is pushing too hard.

Watching the footage back afterwards, having finished third in Sakhir, Hamilton was overheard calling Verstappen a "d***head" for his failed manouvre.

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