Max Verstappen responds to Lewis Hamilton calling him a "d***head"

Hamilton hoping for a decent finish

Dutchman Max Verstappen has reacted calmly to heavy criticism from Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton over a collision between the two at Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, saying the Briton was acting in the heat of the moment.

Hamilton was later heard calling Verstappen a "dickhead" in the drivers' room before the podium ceremony.

Red Bull Racing's Christian Horner downplayed the incident, insisting it was par for the course between two tough racers.

Sebastian Vettel: "Can I answer that question?".

"Can I answer that?"

Verstappen blamed Lewis for the incident but it was clear who was at fault. I mean, I don't know what Lewis did.

"We were racing, which was all fine, and often when the vehicle is on the outside you should end up running out of road".

"Do you think comparing to football, if you have a microphone on a football player's mouth, that everything he says is something nice and is a nice message when the guy tackles him and maybe sometimes he fouls him or not?" He managed to nurse his Red Bull to the pits for a tyre change, but a short while later, his vehicle failed and he was forced to retire.




He said: 'I think it's not a fair question. So we ended up touching. Bottas was the only other driver to run on softs during qualifying, and managed to outpace his teammate by just over a tenth of a second.

Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin has hit out at his team following a poor weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Dutchman is now into his fourth season in the sport and has already been tipped for greatness having won three races thus far.

For now, though, it is Vettel leading the race. Ultimately, I had a coming together with Max and it was an unnecessary collision.

"I came back and I looked at the replay and my opinion hasn't changed", said Hamilton on Sunday night.

" I was driving around in kind of no-man's land for some time, however that& 's just some thing we need to work on.

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 vehicle, like Ferrari did in Australia.

It started with Daniel Ricciardo being forced to withdraw after he suffered an electrical problem on the first corner.

During a pit stop on lap 36, Kimi Raikkonen was given the green light to drive away even though the left rear wheel had not been changed.

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