Hamilton rues communication issues in Bahrain 'damage limitation' job

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

This caused a puncture to 20-year-old Verstappen's auto and ended his race.

When watching the incident back behind the podium Hamilton referred to Verstappen as "a dickhead", and speaking to the media after the race he said he felt the incident was "unnecessary".

'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.

"It's interesting to hear from Christian [Horner] because they have got a vehicle that should be getting good results and through these kind of..."

"I don't know if they are inexperienced, or not potentially mature, decisions, [but] they're not getting the results they would have".

"Max should have had a decent race", he continued.

"I think to myself if Fernando [Alonso] was in that auto he would have finished a decent race and got points for Red Bull".

Hamilton and Verstappen collided during the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.




"I hope he is learning through these situations".

"If you haven't spoken about it and set up a strategy to action what you need, the guys are stressed in the garage because they have messages from the pitwall, messages coming from both sides, it's stressful for someone like "Bono" - and then I come in".

Verstappen suffered a puncture to his left rear tyre after trying to overtake Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton seconds into the race, while Ricciardo was towed a lap later due to a gearbox failure.

Verstappen's team boss Christian Horner insisted that it was was an incident behind two hard racers, and that's what TV viewers wanted to see.

Hamilton, 33, mentioned Verstappen, who crashed in the first phase of qualifying in Bahrain and started out 15th, had "terrific speed" however, younger drivers failed to always get the most suitable decisions.

"Because there was no way for Hamilton to come back at him before turn two". "With 150hp extra, suddenly it went and when you are already on the limit it is quite a lot". And then I'm not sure how it was for Valtteri [Bottas], I think it was not ideal for him either. He supposedly said he left room, but he didn't. "I don't know what the **** I'm doing out here", he went on.

Hamilton was only fifth and fourth respectively in yesterday's practice sessions with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen setting the pace ahead of team-mate Vettel. the Italian team seemed to have the advantage over Mercedes in the hotter temperatures.

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