Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Hamilton: Verstappen move didn't feel respectful

Hamilton: Verstappen move didn't feel respectful

"We've been trying to get ahead of the Ferraris, but it has been tough, they just had the pace all weekend".

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.

'Do you think, comparing to football, if you have a microphone on a football player's mouth, that everything he says is a nice message when a guy tackles him and or fouls him?

Verstappen had started 15th in his Red Bull, after crashing in Saturday's qualifying, and dived down the inside of Hamilton into the first corner at the start of lap two in an attempt to seize 10th.

Vettel, the victor in Australia, will be hopeful of benefiting from Hamilton's mishap and extending his championship lead. I need to watch it again, but it didn't feel like a respectful move. "The radio wasn't working properly".

"I don't think it's justified to give us this kind of shit question and making up a story out of nothing". They couldn't hear me, I could hear them.

"And obviously then when you do try to give feedback on a corner, you're taking your mind off driving a ideal line". "Often when the auto outside is running out of road, if you look at it I was ahead for quite a period of time, and then I accepted defeat, and I just I backed out, because I knew he was going to try to run me wide, maybe", he said. "There were things we could have done to make sure we came out ahead".

With 62 wins and a record 73 pole positions, Hamilton is in a position to be so demanding. "So we've got a lot of work to do". "Or I've got to catch him while the tyres are still good and close the gap to the best of my ability, because they're doing a one-stop". You won't hit your target lap, you lose time. It stemmed from a penalty for changing his gearbox going into the second race of the season. He didn't and held on to beat Valtteri Bottas - Hamilton's Mercedes teammate - by 0.7 seconds in a thrilling contest. I am 17 points down already after just two races.

The next race is in less than a weeks' time at the Shanghai International Circuit, China, and Hamilton is keen to get back to winning ways on circuit where he has won five times in the past.

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