Lewis Hamilton attacks Max Verstappen’s driving after controversial F1 clashes – .

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Lewis Hamilton attacks Max Verstappen’s driving after controversial F1 clashes – .


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Max Verstappen was told to let Lewis Hamilton pass, before Hamilton hit him on the back!

Max Verstappen was told to let Lewis Hamilton pass, before Hamilton hit him on the back!

Lewis Hamilton described Max Verstappen’s driving as ‘above the limit’ of acceptability after the latest controversies on the track of the F1 title rivals – and the collision – in a heated and chaotic Saudi Arabian GP.

After a dizzying incident race ultimately won by Hamilton, the title contenders were called to the marshals to explain a bizarre collision on lap 37 when the Mercedes collided with a Red Bull slowing in the rear as the last one approached. turn.

Stewards ruled that Verstappen’s “erratic” braking was the “predominant” cause of the crash and imposed a 10-second penalty, although the penalty did not change his second place or the fact that the contenders in the title are heading remarkably now to this final of the season of the week in Abu Dhabi level on points.

Verstappen had already received a five-second penalty during the race for the incident on lap 37, which led to race control asking him to let Hamilton go ahead.

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Lewis Hamilton reflects on bizarre Max Verstappen collision at Saudi Arabian GP

Lewis Hamilton reflects on bizarre Max Verstappen collision at Saudi Arabian GP

Incidents and wheel-to-wheel clashes have been rife for the title rivals in dueling all season, with Hamilton often accusing Verstappen of being too aggressive in defense and attack, while the Dutchman defended his driving as tough. but just.

Reflecting on the astonishing events of Sunday’s 50-lap race around Jeddah’s first street track, Hamilton said Sky Sports F1: “I had to really try to keep my cool there, which was really hard to do.

“I have raced a lot of pilots in my life over the 28 years [of racing] and I met a lot of different characters and there are a few at the top that go over the line a little bit. Somehow the rules don’t apply, or don’t think about the rules. “

When asked if Verstappen fell into that category, Hamilton replied: “He’s over the limit for sure.

“I’ve avoided collision on so many occasions with the guy and I don’t always mind being the one to do this because you live to fight another day, which I obviously did. “

Hamilton accused Verstappen of “testing the brakes”, of braking hard, and said he wondered if the then race leader was “playing some kind of crazy tactic? »Approaching the DRS detection line.

In their decision on the incident, the stewards declared: “While accepting that the driver of the car 44 [Hamilton] could have overtaken the car 33 [Verstappen] when this car first slowed down, we understand why he (and the driver of car 33) didn’t want to be the first to cross the DRS. “

Verstappen verdict: F1 “recently more on penalties”

Max Verstappen expressed his frustration with the penalties he received during the driver's radio message for the day with the Formula 1 team

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Max Verstappen expressed his frustration with the penalties he received during the driver’s radio message for the day with the Formula 1 team

Max Verstappen expressed his frustration with the penalties he received during the driver’s radio message for the day with the Formula 1 team

Reflecting on the incident which saw Hamilton crash into the back of his car, Verstappen told Sky F1: “I was downshifting and braking for him to pass. I don’t understand why… maybe there was some confusion. “

The 24-year-old Dutchman’s biggest frustration with how he felt were further examples of over-refereeing. In addition to the lap 37 incident that sparked the odd encounter with Hamilton later in the lap, Verstappen had already had to cede his position to Hamilton earlier in the race when he defended his inherited lead against Mercedes in the race. of the first race full of incidents. restart.

Speaking on his post-race slowdown lap, Verstappen was informed by radio that he had been voted driver of the day.

“Fortunately, the fans have a clear idea of ​​the race because what happened today is incredible,” he replied. “I’m just trying to run and this sport lately is more about penalties than racing.

“For me, it’s not Formula 1.”

The team managers’ take on the latest Max vs Lewis controversy

Christian Horner insists Max Verstappen was trying to make way for Lewis Hamilton when Mercedes driver hit his back

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Christian Horner insists Max Verstappen was trying to make way for Lewis Hamilton when Mercedes driver hit his back

Christian Horner insists Max Verstappen was trying to make way for Lewis Hamilton when Mercedes driver hit his back

Red Bull chief Christian Horner told Sky F1 the Lap 37 incident was “frustrating” and “very annoying” – but insisted the team told Verstappen to put the lead back to Hamilton before their crash, following quick conversations with F1 race director Michael Masi.

“Max was trying to give way,” Horner said. “We informed Race Control that they were trying to give way. “

Images later emerged of Verstappen’s race engineer telling him to return the place “strategically”.

“It took off,” Horner added. “I think Lewis even took off, and I’m not sure if he’s disturbing the DRS line there, but it was clear we were giving way.

“Lewis is slowing down behind him, it looks like he’s taken off, but it’s like he doesn’t want to pass him because of the DRS.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, however, argued that the telemetry would prove that Verstappen was indeed ‘testing the brakes’, although he also admitted that Hamilton had no idea Verstappen was going to let him through.

Echoing his main driver’s point of view, Wolff also suggested that Verstappen’s driving on Sunday was ‘on the line’.

“It’s hard, very hard, maybe over the hard line,” he said. “We just want to have a clean championship – may the best win – and if it’s Max at the end, then I’m fine with that. But it must be a fair race. “

The story of a dramatic Saudi Arabian GP

Mick Schumacher takes out safety car after crashing big at start of Saudi Arabian GP

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Mick Schumacher takes out safety car after crashing big at start of Saudi Arabian GP

Mick Schumacher takes out safety car after crashing big at start of Saudi Arabian GP

Tour 10 : Mick Schumacher hits the barriers and Lewis Hamilton decides to stop under the next safety car

Tour 13 : Schumacher incident brings out the red flag and Max Verstappen, who now leads the race ahead of Hamilton, is able to change his tires according to the rules

Tour 15 : The race was restarted from a standing start and Hamilton made the better of getting away before being knocked off the track by Verstappen. Sergio Perez, Nikita Mazepin and George Russell all crash, bringing out yet another red flag

Tour 17 : Hamilton starts second ahead of Verstappen after being pushed off the road on the previous restart. Verstappen is doing best on the next restart of the race as he overtakes Hamilton and Esteban Ocon to regain the lead

A sensational move from Max Verstappen inside Lewis Hamilton on the first corner as the three leaders clashed

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A sensational move from Max Verstappen inside Lewis Hamilton on the first corner as the three leaders clashed

A sensational move from Max Verstappen inside Lewis Hamilton on the first corner as the three leaders clashed

Tour 18 : Hamilton overtakes Ocon for second place

Tour 37 : Hamilton and Verstappen nearly collided with the Briton being forced to take evasive action after being sidelined. Verstappen receives a penalty five seconds later in the race

Tour 37 : Verstappen is told to concede the post to Hamilton, but as the Dutchman prepares to let him pass, the seven-time world champion collides at the back of Red Bull.

Tour 42 : Hamilton overtakes Verstappen before the 24-year-old retakes the lead

Lewis Hamilton takes charge of Max Verstappen in Saudi Arabian GP

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Lewis Hamilton takes charge of Max Verstappen in Saudi Arabian GP

Lewis Hamilton takes charge of Max Verstappen in Saudi Arabian GP

Tour 43 : Verstappen lets Hamilton return for first place

50e tour : Hamilton takes the checkered flag to win a spectacular Saudi Arabian GP as both drivers enter next weekend’s decisive level of the season with 369.5 points

Sunset Showdown: Watch Verstappen vs. Decision Maker Hamilton live on Sky Sports

Level of points, a race to go and a champion to find.

Nine months after its debut, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s captivating title duel boils down to a win-win showdown in the spotlight of the Yas Marina circuit of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Watch all the action live on Sky Sports F1. Track action begins Friday at 9:30 a.m., with the decisive race Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Follow all the latest updates and insights throughout the week on skysports.com, the Sky Sports app and Sky Sports News, and also stay informed via Sky F1’s social platforms – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

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