Max Verstappen aims dig at Lewis Hamilton after chaotic Australian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen aimed a dig at Lewis Hamilton after the Dutchman claimed a maiden victory at the Australian Grand Prix following a chaotic race.

Hamilton, who finished second, overtook polesitter Verstappen along with Mercedes team-mate George Russell on a thrilling opening lap.

The seven-time world champion got past Verstappen on turn three as he pounced down the inside after the Red Bull driver’s cautious approach.

The duo could have clashed but Hamilton eased Verstappen wide, which the current world champion was not happy about in his post-race interview having also complained about the incident on his team radio, claiming his British rival ‘pushed’ him ‘off the track’.

‘From my side, I tried to avoid contact,’ Verstappen said after the race. ‘It’s quite clear in the rules what you’re allowed to do on the outside but clearly it’s not followed.’

Despite his shaky start, Verstappen recovered and finished ahead of Hamilton while Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso clinched third.

‘We had a very poor start, and lap one I was careful because I had a lot to lose and they had a lot to win,’ Verstappen added.

‘Thank you to everyone in the factory. We can close the gap, it’s going to be tough but not impossible.’

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