Hamilton: Verstappen move didn't feel respectful

Hamilton was fourth fastest in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Bahrain GP

Hamilton was fourth fastest in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Bahrain GP

The Dutch driver blamed Hamilton for the incident during his post-retirement chat with the media, and was annoyed the race stewards did not take action against the Mercedes driver.

"Max should have had a decent race".

"I like to think if I was in that auto today I would have got points for Red Bull". "I don't know what Lewis did, we've all been in that situation".

"It looked as though we were a bit quicker than the rest but at this point I wouldn't draw any conclusions", Vettel said.

Hamilton was heard calling the Dutchman a "d**khead" during a private conversation, picked up by microphones in the drivers' room, shortly before the podium ceremonies.

"I just hope that we're moving forwards", he said.

"I had a good run out of the last corner so I went for the inside", Verstappen told Sky F1. "Often when the auto outside is running out of road, if you look at it I was ahead for quite a period of time, and then I accepted defeat, and I just I backed out, because I knew he was going to try to run me wide, maybe", he said.

Hamilton's Mercedes team revealed that the British driver suffered a hydraulics leak in Melbourne, and was fortunate to finish the race.


"I don't think it's justified to give us this kind of shit question and making up a story out of nothing".

"I feel like you guys are not giving much of a picture", Hamilton blunty put it.

"I was next to him - going in to the corner, I was ahead", he claimed.

"I don't want them to talk to me all the time when they don't need to".

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Of the collision, he said: "I realised I had to back out, but he continued to come across and that didn't leave me any room". We would prefer we didn't have the gearbox issue that we had this weekend, but I was really happy with my race pace. "Then I'm not going to stay behind him." he added. If you wish to report any comment, simply click on the down arrow next to the offending comment and click "Report".

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

The defending champion, who will fulfil sponsorship commitments on Tuesday and Wednesday, was victorious in China a year ago and will be desperate to get his title charge back on track following two winless rubbers.

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