Max Verstappen SLAMMED by Red Bull chief after Chinese Grand Prix collision

Max Verstappen SLAMMED by Red Bull chief after Chinese Grand Prix collision

Max Verstappen SLAMMED by Red Bull chief after Chinese Grand Prix collision

Crimson Bull'smax Verstappen acknowledged attribute for an Chinese grandprix crash with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on Sunday however rejected a suggestion he may need to calm down his driving mode.

"We're lacking grip. You can fall out of the window by the tyres getting too hot or being too cold". The auto was unbelievable and it just got better. So that was of course my fault.

The Dutch youngster later apologised in person to Vettel and to his Red Bull team on social media.

"I think he got it". I said to him, 'Look, the races are long and you threw your podium away.' Obviously he was lucky to continue, I was lucky to continue, but it was not necessary.

Ricciardo and his team-mate, Max Verstappen, set a blistering pace on their new soft tyres, in the second half of the 57-lap race, rejoining the track behind the safety in sixth and fourth positions, respectively.

After the criticism of his lack of killer instinct on the final laps in Bahrain last week when he failed to challenge Vettel, the Finn responded to show his class in China with a second place finish.

Vettel, who put in an error-strewn first attempt, then pulled out just enough through the final corners to deny the 38-year-old what would have been his first pole since last year's Monaco Grand Prix.

"To have that much of a gap is a bit of a surprise", Vettel said.

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"He's not young anymore. That can happen in racing". "Inside the vehicle judgements are very hard to make", Vettel told Sky F1.

"I was quite good at that before but this year, maybe with the previous two races not going your way, you want to recover points and it's working against you at the moment. I left a little bit of room as well", Vettel told Sky Sports.

"I was expecting him to come earlier".

The result was a remarkable turnaround from Friday practice where Mercedes had held a slight edge in one-lap pace and a significant advantage in long-run pace.

"So I didn't want to compromise my race to the guys behind. I guess he misjudged and sort of compromised both our results".

Despite another high-profile collision, Verstappen maintains he does not need to change his approach.

"It is easy to say after I should have waited, and that probably would have been the best idea, but unfortunately it happened".

The safety vehicle was triggered on lap 30 by a coming together of Torro Rossa drivers Brendan Hartley and Pierre Gasly, who tangled when Gasly had a go at his team-mate into the hairpin, the resultant contact leaving debris strewn across the track.

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