F1-Mercedes-Hamilton's Frustration

Max Verstappen blamed a sudden spike in engine power for his Bahrain qualifying crash

Max Verstappen blamed a sudden spike in engine power for his Bahrain qualifying crash

LEWIS HAMILTON fired a fresh shot in his row with Max Verstappen by declaring his immaturity is costing Red Bull valuable points.

Who would have thought that auto, that engine and a 22-year-old rookie could achieve that result on merit.

"And through these these kind of, I don't know if they're inexperienced or not totally mature decisions, they are not getting the results they should".

"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?"

"He's just got out of the vehicle, those things can happen", said the Red Bull driver. I'd like to think if I was in that vehicle today I would have got points for Red Bull.

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his plans to get together with his Mercedes bosses to talk about how the team can improve its in-race communication before this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix. 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.

Red Bull's Verstappen tried to pass the Mercedes of Hamilton in the second lap with a risky manoeuvre but punctured the left tyre when the cars touched.

The Dutchman received a puncture and damage to his RB14 which ultimately proved terminal as he retired shortly after, while the stewards opted no further action was necessary following the incident.

Then, the Briton was involved in an early collision with Ferrari's Max Verstappen at the early part of the race. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has won successive races to build up a 17-point lead over Hamilton at the top of the drivers' standings.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are bitter rivals on the track, but there was nothing of the sort between the pair following Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

"We've all been in that situation, we fight someone, we go sometimes wheel-to-wheel, it's close and you have a lot of adrenalin going".

"But then he just kept going".

The 20-year-old was, however, adamant that it was Hamilton who did not leave enough room on the second lap. If you look, he was right to the white line. "I went through that stuff when I was a young guy, so I know how it is".

Matters were complicated by Mercedes assuming that Vettel would stop a second time before coming to realise that he might not, and also by problems with Hamilton's microphone, which meant that the pitwall could not always hear what he was saying. The defending champion ended third at the F1 Bahrain GP.

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