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F1 news: Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen after Saudi Arabian Grand Prix clash

Lewis Hamilton branded Max Verstappen a “maniac” during the Saudi Grand Prix after the pair collided during a chaotic race.

The Mercedes driver tried to overtake the Red Bull driver after lap 37 only for the Belgian-Dutch to defend his way fiercely.

Red Bull then instructed their driver to cede the spot to Briton, only for the two cars to collide later.

It was unclear at the time of communication whether Hamilton was aware that Verstappen was set to gift him back to the position.

Hamilton later said on his radio: “That guy is a madman.”

Extra: “He broke check on me. It’s just a dangerous guy driving. ”

Hamilton’s front wing appeared to be struggling, with the Briton even voicing his concerns over his radio, but the damage was unlikely to change his race since that point. Go.

The drama couldn’t continue as Verstappen was later penalized for the 5th time by management after the Red Bull star left the track and won the advantage.

Even so, the penalty won’t hurt Verstappen’s score, with Esteban Ocon finishing third.

After about two and a half hours of racing, with two red flags, Sky Sports labeled the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix as “a tactically dirty race”.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in contact

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Hamilton eventually declared victory, praising his team on the radio: “Well done guys, more like that, let’s keep pushing.”

While a depressed Verstappen, who is still holding the edge thanks to most wins this season, replied to his team: “That’s what it’s mate, I’ve tried at least.”

Before telling Sky Sports as fans booed the Belgian-Dutch driver: “It was quite the event, a lot of things happened, which I don’t completely agree with. At least I tried. I’m not sure if the tire will last till the end. Still second. ”

Lewis Hamilton later told the broadcaster his version of events: “It was extremely difficult, I tried to be as sensible and as tough as possible. With all my experience, stay on track and stay clean. We’ve been persistent, as a team, I’m really proud of everyone.

“I don’t understand why he fought so hard, I ran behind him, then he walked on, I don’t understand, I got a text after that, it’s confusing.

“They had some raw pace, they were very fast, it was really tough, we’ve done an incredible job. It was a great event. ”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/lewis-hamilton-max-verstappen-saudi-arabian-grand-prix-b1970224.html F1 news: Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen after Saudi Arabian Grand Prix clash

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