Verstappen lacked respect with Bahrain GP move, says Hamilton

Verstappen lacked respect with Bahrain GP move, says Hamilton

It is, however, his clash with Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the opening laps that has attracted most post-race attention. A five place grid-penalty for a change of gearbox saw the reigning champion start from ninth.

"There needs to be a certain respect between drivers", Hamilton was quoted as saying on Sky Sports F1.

Last season, the battle for the title between Vettel and Hamilton was often a heated affair, which peaked during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when Vettel deliberately rammed Hamilton's Mercedes when the race was neutralised by a Safety Car period. This miscalculation led to Verstappen striking Hamilton as he attempted to avoid Alonso.

Verstappen, who spun in Melbourne a fortnight ago and crashed out of qualifying here, was then forced to retire from the race following his collision with Hamilton. It was a nightmare day for Red Bull, with Daniel Ricciardo retiring minutes into the race as well due to an electrics issue. A blistering first lap brought the Dutchman right on the heels of Hamilton, but in an attempt to elbow his way past the Mercedes driver, the pair made contact.

"We collided, he ran me out of road in Turn 1".

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. He didn't need to keep going, to be at the track".

'So I don't think it's justified to give us these kind of s*** questions and making up a story out of nothing, if we are just racing and we are full of adrenalin and sometime we say these things. "It was a bit unnecessary.But in the heat of the moment you can get frustrated".

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

Indeed, in his debut at the Monaco Grand Prix, Verstappen crashed out following a clash with Romain Grosjean's Lotus vehicle - which saw the Dutchman punished by the FIA with a five-place grid penalty for the following race.

"Today he should have finished a decent race, because he's good enough to do that".

"From the start I was enjoying the feel of the vehicle and finding the gaps and it was shaping up to be an exciting race".

"I was really close and there was a chance to overtake, so I thought it was a good opportunity", he explained. "I knew we had a very good vehicle for the race, so I knew we would be able to fight them". I was just really grateful that my vehicle wasn't broken and I could continue.

Whilst Max Verstappen looks set to remain a controversial character in the sport, his talent is undeniable.

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