Hamilton urges better communication after Bahrain "no man's land"

Hamilton urges better communication after Bahrain

The Red Bull driver has spun twice in the opening two events of the new 2018 season and retired from the Bahrain GP on Sunday after a clash with Hamilton caused irrevocable damage to his auto. The latter tried to overtake Hamilton early in the race and pushed him out wide forcing contact.

He said: 'I think it's not a fair question. We fight someone and sometimes we go wheel-to-wheel and it's close - and we have a lot of adrenaline going.

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.

"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".

However, the reigning world champion almost had his race thrown in the bin when Max Verstappen - charging from 15th through the field - made contact with Hamilton on the second lap, landing the Dutchman with a puncture that ultimately led to his retirement.

He added to the media: "He is tending to make quite a few mistakes and it was unnecessary for him to do that".

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"I had a good run on to the straight and going for the inside under braking I was next to him, going in to the corner I was ahead", Verstappen said.

"I think Max has to on reflection look at that and go "once I've got the inside line, then I should have left a bit more space".

That comment led to an opening question for Hamilton from a Dutch journalist in the post-race press conference about whether use of the word was "correct", but Vettel immediately intervened: "Can I answer that?"

Speaking before his grid penalty was revealed, Hamilton said: "We definitely have got some work to do to try and see if we can eke out to be ahead of the others". He also accused the journalist of trying to make up a story.

Days after referring to Max Verstappen as a "dickhead", Lewis Hamilton claims that the youngster is letting his team down. Who was wrong, or was it just a racing incident? "I studied the data a bit and saw we had a 150hp increase, which is a bit odd". I mean, if I hit you in your face, you're not going to say "oh, Sebastian, that wasn't nice". Watch the Chinese GP exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend.

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