By Matias Grez, CNN
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s rivalry continued to heat up Sunday – both on and off the track – at an action-packed Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, as the Mercedes driver won his third straight race to tied with the Dutchman in the driver standings with one race remaining in the Formula One season.
The pair appeared together on a number of occasions throughout the race, including an odd collision on lap 37 when Hamilton ran into the back of Verstappen, who was slowing down to overtake his opponent after was said to concede first place due to a previous race incident.
Verstappen was penalized for the 10th time by post-race managers after having been fined five seconds in the Grand prix for an incident that allowed him to get ahead of Hamilton earlier in lap 37.
Hamilton told Sky Sports: “I’ve raced a lot of riders over the past 28 years.
“I’ve met a lot of different characters and there are a few at the top that are off limits. The kind of rule doesn’t apply, or they don’t come up with the rules.
“He’s definitely crossed the line,” Hamilton added when asked if Verstappen would enter that driver’s category.
“I’ve avoided collisions with him a lot of times, and I don’t mind being the one to do it, because you live to fight another day, which I obviously did.
“After that, he obviously got his brakes checked [before their crash], I thought I had to try to get DRS into the last corner to get past me again to get back to Turn 1, so there was an uproar. I thought I lost my wings. ”
Verstappen insisted he was just “downshifting and braking to keep him going” and said he didn’t “understand why” Hamilton ran in behind him.
“There could be some confusion,” he added.
Earlier in the race, Verstappen overtook Hamilton after a restart after the Grand prix was red flaged due to a separate incident, but was also forced to give way by overtaking Briton by going off track.
The race was immediately halted again for another collision and Verstappen was asked to line up in third place behind Esteban Ocon and Hamilton for the second restart.
Then there were the crashes on lap 37, before Verstappen finally let Hamilton get through six laps later, only to immediately overtake him again at the next corner.
However, Hamilton was eventually allowed to overtake his opponent for the right to the next round to ensure the pair go into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi next weekend with 369.5 points.
After the race, a frustrated Verstappen refused to be drawn into debate over the incidents, but said on team radio that he was unhappy with officials and that F1 “recently favors penalties.” than racing.”
“Emotions were running high at the time and what it was like,” he told Sky. “I don’t agree with the decision but I don’t want to spend too much time on it because we don’t need to make headlines about it. Surname [Mercedes] don’t deserve it.”
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https://kesq.com/news/2021/12/06/lewis-hamilton-accuses-max-verstappen-of-being-over-the-limit-after-thrilling-saudi-arabian-gp/ Lewis Hamilton accuses Max Verstappen of ‘going over the line’ after the Saudi GP