Max Verstappen lacked respect with Bahrain GP move, says Lewis Hamilton

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Sebastian Vettel has passionately defended Lewis Hamilton after his F1 title rival swore about Max Verstappen after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen is your growing star of system One, presently the victor of 3 races and a driver Hamilton speeds as a future victor, but the Briton was significant of a Dutchman drove at Sakhir on Sunday.

When asked about it later in the news conference, race victor Vettel, seated alongside, came to his title rival's defence.

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"Max have to have really had a good race". I mean, I don't know what Lewis did.

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. It's a human reaction.

Sitting beside Vettel, who he battled in an often-fiery 2017 campaign, Hamilton did not address the journalist's remarks directly but went on to accuse Verstappen of showing a lack of "respect".

The Red Bull driver was on the inside in the middle of the turn and ran to the outside to squeeze Hamilton, whose front wing then clipped his left-rear wheel.

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Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas will also take on a new gearbox, but, under the sport's rules, avoids a penalty as he is permitted a free change after his qualifying crash in Australia.

And let's not forget Pierre Gasly; the Toro Rosso driver (now powered by a Honda engine, don't forget) finished an incredible fourth behind Hamilton. We have to work out some strategy because I don't want them to keep talking to me sometimes when I don't need them to talk to me.

Following that setback, there was a clear breakdown in understanding between him and his race engineers in Bahrain.

"It was just unnecessary for him to do that". Vertappen won two races last season, ending the season strongly. He supposedly said he left room, but he didn't.

Vettel, 30, now leads Hamilton by 17 points with 19 more races to go. "He'd just got out of the vehicle".

I said I was in control. "I was next to him - going in to the corner, I was ahead", he claimed. Is that correct? And more importantly, is there an opinion you have on the contact you had with Max in the beginning stages of the race? A pure racing incident.

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

"I think overall it's reasonably OK". Daniel Ricciardo's race ended early too, Red Bull's woes compounded as his vehicle came to a halt and he was forced to retire. Sometimes I feel it's all a bit blown up and artificial if we have these questions, trying to make a story out of nothing.

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