Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button pin blame on Max Verstappen after Lewis Hamilton incident

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen analysed by Coulthard

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Max Verstappen has been blamed for being “too lungy” as he almost crashed with Lewis Hamilton on the opening corner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Mercedes star Hamilton was the quickest out of the blocks as he surpassed his pole-sitting title rival.

Verstappen looked to regain the lead of the race by breaking late to dive down the inside.

The move forced Hamilton off the track as the pair came to within a lick of paint of colliding.

When seven-time world champion Hamilton returned to the track he was a second ahead of Verstappen at the front of the pack.

Verstappen fumed over his team radio and requested for first place to be handed back to him.

The FIA did not agree with the Dutchman’s complaints and put it down to a racing incident.

Button, who was Hamilton’s team-mate at McLaren, backed his fellow Brit.

He said: “It was a very late lunge but it was always going to happen, Lewis knew he was coming.

“He pushed Lewis off the track – I guess – but he stayed on the track. I’m struggling to understand the regulations right now because obviously in Brazil there was no penalty, but they both drove off the circuit. Max stayed on the track this time.”

Rosberg, who beat Hamilton to the 2016 world title when they were Mercedes team-mates, added: “So difficult. I think it’s OK what they’ve done. Max was a little bit too lungy and too aggressive, forcing Lewis out too strongly, even though he had a right to the corner there.

“Then I would also say Lewis didn’t give back everything that he gained.”

And follow pundit Damon Hill made it a hat-trick of pundits who were in Hamilton’s corner.

“You have to say that Lewis had to basically move out the way because otherwise he was going to collide with Max, who made a very uncompromising a late lunge, left no room for Lewis to make any accommodation and had to leave the track,” he explained.

“But I have to say I’m surprised they didn’t say give the place back.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: “We are a little bit shocked at that because apparently Lewis gave his advantage back, which we have failed to see yet…

“It’s a total lack of consistency.

“We are focused on the race and still a long way to go.”

Source: Read Full Article