Hamilton criticises Verstappen for "silly" Bahrain Grand Prix move

Hamilton criticises Verstappen for

Hamilton criticises Verstappen for "silly" Bahrain Grand Prix move

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".

In the end, Bottas took the second place while Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari emerged as the eventual victor of the race with an official time of 1:32:01.940.

That comment led to an opening question for Hamilton from a Dutch journalist in the post-race press conference about whether use of the word was "correct", but Vettel immediately intervened: "Can I answer that?" "I don't know what Lewis did, but we've all been in that situation".

Hamilton went as far as to suggest that a more mature driver would have avoided the mishap and brought his vehicle home safe and sound, and in the points. I mean, if I hit you in your face, you're not going to say "oh, Sebastian, that wasn't nice". This was Verstappen's third self-inflicted wound in two races.

"I think I had the same problem during testing", Verstappen said, per the Express.

"And I've got to save tyres so that when we're at the end and he catches me I can still fight". But the four-time world champion, who saw the video after the race, clearly laid the blame on the Red Bull driver, and his view was shared by former racers and the television experts covering the race. He didn't and held on to beat Valtteri Bottas - Hamilton's Mercedes teammate - by 0.7 seconds in a thrilling contest. The Dutchman is now into his fourth season in the sport and has already been tipped for greatness having won three races thus far.

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"I had a good run out of the last corner so I went for the inside", Verstappen told Sky F1.

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

"There needs to be a certain respect between drivers", the Brit said. "And ultimately... maybe I need to go and watch the manoeuvre again, but it didn't feel like a respectful manoeuvre".

It was the German's second win in as many races this season and installed him as a clear favourite to beat Hamilton to become a five-time champion. The TV director captured the team's misery in a nutshell, as Verstappen limped past a marooned Daniel Ricciardo - who was also forced to retire due to mechanical failure.

The points were the first of the 22-year-old Frenchman's Formula One career in his seventh start.

And while it was a triumphant evening for Ferrari, celebrations were tempered as a mechanic lay in hospital with a badly broken leg, sustained during a botched pit-stop for Kimi Raikkonen.

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