Lewis Hamilton questions Max Verstappen's maturity

Lewis Hamilton admitted Ferrari were too quick for Mercedes in qualifying for the Bahrain GP

Verstappen, 20, is the rising star of F1, already the victor of three races and a driver Hamilton rates as a future champion, but the Mercedes driver was critical of how the Dutchman drove at Sakhir on Sunday.

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.

When asked about it later in the news conference, race victor Vettel, seated alongside, came to his title rival's defence. "It's not fair. I don't know what Lewis did, but we've all been in that situation".

Verstappen took the criticism in his stride, telling Dutch television Monday night: "You are full of adrenaline when you have just stepped out of your vehicle".

Having studied the telemetry data on his return to the garage, Verstappen uncovered a weird unexpected boost of power caused him to lose control.

Hamilton, speaking in a late-night media briefing before departing for this weekend's Chinese GP, added: "I think to myself if Fernando [Alonso]'s in that auto today he would have finished a decent race and got points for Red Bull". 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 weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix really was the stuff of nightmares.




'So I don't think it's justified to give us these kind of s*** questions and making up a story out of nothing, if we are just racing and we are full of adrenalin and sometime we say these things.

"And I've got to save tyres so that when we're at the end and he catches me I can still fight". That would have really been hard.

The Formula One world champion posted the fourth-fastest time in qualifying on Saturday, but a five-place grid penalty meant he started the race ninth.

"We're going to sit down and discuss the last two races". Ultimately, I had a coming together with Max and it was an unnecessary collision.

Hamilton's Mercedes team revealed that the British driver suffered a hydraulics leak in Melbourne, and was fortunate to finish the race. "It didn't feel that respectful".

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. "From my side I gave him enough room". He was past. I couldn't get by.

Red Bull Racing's Christian Horner downplayed the incident, insisting it was par for the course between two tough racers.

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