Verstappen responds to Hamilton "dickhead" gibe

Verstappen responds to Hamilton

Verstappen responds to Hamilton "dickhead" gibe

Question: "Lewis, I believe, if my ears are correct, you used the word "d***head" after the race concerning Max Verstappen and the overtake and the contact".

Verstappen and Hamilton made contact in the early part of the race after the Red Bull driver ran wide, squeezing his rival.

The defending champion, who will fulfil sponsorship commitments on Tuesday and Wednesday, was victorious in China a year ago and will be desperate to get his title charge back on track following two winless rubbers.

A controversy broke out after the Bahrain Grand Prix, where Hamilton called his Dutch rival a "dickhead" following a clash. Ferrari looked strong, with Raikkonen and Vettel setting the pace as cooler temperatures and nightfall matched the conditions for today evening's race.

Both Hamilton and Verstappen were racing through the field from ninth and 15th respectively, after the Brit received a penalty for a gearbox change and the Dutchman crashed in qualifying.

Apart from the few laps after his pit stop, Vettel led all the laps during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

In the end, Bottas took the second place while Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari emerged as the eventual victor of the race with an official time of 1:32:01.940.

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.

"He [Hamilton] was lucky to get away with no damage to his auto". "I've lost two races now".

"I can't afford to lose any more points to Sebastian", conceded Hamilton, who is already 17 points behind the Ferrari driver.

"Obviously the [grid] penalty this weekend was hard for us all to swallow, but I think the team did a really good job".

"Due to the hit with Lewis we sustained some more severe damage than just the puncture", Verstappen explained.

Hamilton emerged unscathed but the collision punctured Verstappen's tyre which eventually damaged his gearbox and forced him to retire from the race.

Verstappen said: "He is just out of the auto there".

"Sometimes I feel it's all a bit blown up and artificial if we have these questions, trying to make a story out of nothing". It was a silly maneuver for himself, because he didn't finish the race.

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