Vettel Wins Bahrain F1, Lewis Hamilton Concerned About 2018 Title Race

Jo Caldwell
April 10, 2018

A blistering first lap brought the Dutchman right on the heels of Hamilton, but in an attempt to elbow his way past the Mercedes driver, the pair made contact. There are 19 more races until the end of the season.

World champion Lewis Hamilton questions Max Verstappen's maturity.

A controversy broke out after the Bahrain Grand Prix, where Hamilton called his Dutch rival a "dickhead" following a clash.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was out after accidentally breaking a team mechanic's leg, and a anxious Vettel was struggling to hold his lead on fading tires.

The frustration of Hamilton began when he was pushed back to the ninth position away from the grid at the start of Sunday's race.

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It was a bittersweet day in Bahrain for Vettel's Ferrari team - a botched Kimi Raikkonen pit stop saw the Finn released too early, his left-rear wheel striking the leg of the mechanic, who was immediately taken to hospital.

"My thoughts are on the world championship and I've lost two races now". "Then I'm not going to stay behind him." he added. "I can't really remember what point of the race it was or why we were in that position, but I don't really care to be honest".

Verstappen suffered a puncture and had to continue the entire length of the lap on three wheels, which in-turn damaged his diffuser.

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Responding to comments from Verstappen's Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who suggested the incident was one viewers wanted to see, Hamilton said: "It's interesting to hear from Christian".

Defending champion Hamilton was able to carry on, but as he watched the incident back on a television replay, the Brit labelled Verstappen, 20, a "d***head".

"There needs to be a certain respect between drivers", Hamilton was quoted as saying on Sky Sports F1.

"I was driving around in kind of no-man's land for a while, but that's just something we need to work on".

Two races into the Formula One season he's already disgruntled, and with good reason considering rival Sebastian Vettel has won them both. "And obviously he's tending to make quite a few mistakes recently, so it was just unnecessary for him to do that".

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