Verstappen insists he gave Hamilton enough room in Bahrain clash

Jonathan Hernandez
April 11, 2018

But the auto ahead made a decision to dive to the right so I had to bail out and had cars pass me on the left, so I fell back on the opening lap.

Hamilton lost the Australian GP due to a miscalculation on how much of a gap he needed to have to Sebastian Vettel, and then in Bahrain found himself in what he called "no man's land" as he tried to comprehend what was happening in the race, and how hard he had to push at any given time. This was Verstappen's third self-inflicted wound in two races. Lewis had nowhere to go.

Hamilton said the team would be reviewing his communications with race engineer Peter Bonnington, while stressing how busy races can be for the guys in the hot seats on the pitwall.

It looked like a nasty break and someone now surely faces a fight to get walk again.

Max Verstappen is adamant he left Lewis Hamilton enough room in their clash during the early stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix and was surprised the Briton went unpunished. The Honda engine clinched their first bit of good PR in a long while with their best-ever finish in the turbo hybrid era as Pierre Gasly masterfully steered his Toro Rosso to fourth in just his seventh 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.

Verstappen, who retired with a broken differential, insisted Hamilton was to blame.

"We got a bit squeezed but from the middle to the end of the corner I was ahead, I then felt a nudge from behind and could feel the puncture and therefore knew the race was likely over". Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff defended his driver though by reasoning out that it was only a racing incident.

"I think to myself if Fernando [Alonso] was in that vehicle he would have finished a decent race and got points for Red Bull". "Now over to you, Lewis".

"They couldn&;rsquo;t even hear me yet, " I really could listen to them. I think maybe it was when we were talking afterwards?

"It was an unnecessary collision".

"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'm really happy. I started ninth so third is not bad at all". Sky Sports F1 will show live coverage from Shanghai.

The battle of the strategies between Ferrari and Mercedes was fascinating to watch, if only because it meant unpredictability later on as the race progressed. If you wish to report any comment, simply click on the down arrow next to the offending comment and click "Report".

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