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‘This guy is crazy’

LEWIS HAMILTON labeled championship competitor Max Verstappen “crazy” after stabbing him in the back during a notable Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.

Hamilton finally overcame Verstappen to win and leveled up with the Dutchman advancing to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton on top after strange collision

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Hamilton on top after strange collisionCredit: Getty
Hamilton was left behind after crashing into Verstappen's back

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Hamilton was left behind after crashing into Verstappen’s backCredit: Sky Sports

But the race, which included two separate red flags for different collisions, was full of crashes – the strangest of which was in lap 37.

Verstappen, who was given a 5-second penalty for leaving the track earlier in the race, was told he needed to cede the lead to Hamilton following a decision from the managers.

But when he slows down to Hamilton In the past, Brit appeared confused and didn’t come across him at first.

Then, as Hamilton drove behind Verstappen, he crashed into the back of a Red Bull car – an incident the seven-time champion believes was caused by Verstappen testing his brakes.

Speaking during the race, Hamilton said: “This guy is crazy. He’s just a dangerous driver.”

In his post-race interview, he later added: “I didn’t understand why he was hitting the brakes quite hard so I crashed into the back of him. That was a bit confusing.”

When asked about the incident, Verstappen replied: “I slowed down, I wanted to let him go.

“I went to the right but he didn’t want to pass and we touched. I really don’t understand what happened there.

“It will be decided [at Abu Dhabi] Hope we have a good weekend. “

Before accepting the award for Driver of the Day after the checkered flag, the 24-year-old said: “Fortunately, the fans have a clear mindset about racing.

“I’m just trying to race. This sport is more about penalties than racing. I’m glad the fans enjoyed it and I gave it my all for today.”

Following the incident, Verstappen was called to management for an alleged Violation of Article 2(d) Chapter IV Appendix L of the FIA ​​International Sports Code.

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This reads: “Causes a collision. Repeated serious faults or the appearance of uncontrolled vehicle behavior (such as leaving the track) will be reported to the Manager and may result in to the imposition of penalties up to and including the exclusion of any drivers involved.”

Hamilton and Verstappen previously collided at the British and Italian Grands Prix.

The pair currently top Abu Dhabi by points, with Verstappen leading only by having won more races – 9 of 8 by Hamilton.

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