Hamilton and his rival Red Bull swapped places several times at the Saudi Grand Prix on Sunday, in one of the most chaotic races in the world. Formula 1 History.
Hamilton wins at Jeddah, and in doing so, the defending champion erased Verstappen’s drivers’ championship lead. As such, the pair will enter the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi with points.
The Belgian-Dutch is leading the way in the races to win, although he can’t beat Hamilton in Jeddah as the seven-time title winner claimed victory in a witness race. two red flags as five riders rush out.
The biggest breakdown came after Verstappen went off the track completely to overtake Hamilton. The Red Bull man was then ordered to let Hamilton overtake but slam on the brakes, causing the 36-year-old to crash into the rear of the 24-year-old’s car.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff told Sky Sports after the race: “I don’t want dirty laundry here…
“Telemetry shows [Verstappen] slowing down, then accelerating again, and then slowing down again. “
“Are not, [Hamilton] do not know [Verstappen was supposed to let him past]and i think [was due to] wrong sequence of incoming messages.
“Honestly, I don’t remember. It’s very intense, chain of events. I think it’s entirely possible by mistake, but the curators will properly review the telemetry and make a judgment.
“If the drivers are not informed properly, that will play a big role.”
Wolff commended the race directors for their effort in managing a wild event, before saying: “We were biased, it was clear that on our part there was disappointment. [after the first red flag]. I need to reserve my judgment, see you at the race tomorrow.
“It’s really [Verstappen’s] Drivers should be assessed and reviewed. It’s hard, really hard, maybe hard to cross the limit.
“We just want a clean championship. If it’s Max [who wins], I’ll make peace with that. But we just want it to be [fair]. ”
Hamilton calls Verstappen “f ***** g crazy” about how the Belgian-Dutch was driving in the incident, and The Briton also said he was “confused” by Verstappen’s actions.
Meanwhile, the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner suggests that Hamilton was “messed up” rather than overtaking Verstappen.
“Max is trying to give up the position,” Horner insisted, telling Sky Sports. “We have informed race control that we will give up our place and Max will give up. I think Lewis has succeeded.
“I don’t know if [Hamilton] was messing around looking for the DRS line. Obviously we have given up the position.
“It was strange because Lewis was slowing down behind him, it looked like he was taking off.
“It’s loved [Hamilton] don’t want to pass him because of DRS. We were trying to make room and then Lewis drove up to the back of Max’s car.
“We got quite a bit of damage from that. Very, very frustrating. ”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/lewis-hamilton-max-verstappen-toto-wolff-b1970248.html ‘We just want clean championship’: Toto Wolff questions Max Verstappen’s driving in Saudi Grand Prix