Hamilton takes stunning win after crash with Max Verstappen
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Hamilton won Sunday’s dramatic race, which featured two red flags, a number of highspeed crashes and three different leaders. The British driver is now level on 369.5 points with title rival Verstappen, with the pair heading to a winner-takes-all final grand prix in Abu Dhabi next weekend. Hamilton described Verstappen as “f****** crazy” on Sunday after a bizarre incident on lap 37 when the Mercedes driver hit the back of his title rival.
Verstappen had been ordered to let the British driver pass, having overtaken him illegally earlier in the lap.
After the race, Hamilton accused Verstappen of “brake-testing” him and added: “For me I had to keep my cool out there which was difficult to do.
“I’ve been racing for 28 years and come across a lot of different characters.
“There are few of them that are over the limit, rules do not apply or they don’t think of the rules.”
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Verstappen, who could win his first World Drivers’ Championship next week, is lauded and criticised in equal measure for his uncompromising driving style.
Howeverin an unearthed 2020 interview the Dutch driver admitted his driving was “aggressive” but added there was also “finesse” to his style.
Speaking to The Race, Verstappen said: “I can be aggressive, but from my side it is controlled aggressiveness.
“I just like to race hard and my dad did.
“Well I think I have a little more finesse in my driving style.
“My dad wanted me to be better than him, so we tried to work on that.”
Jos Verstappen, who was interviewed alongside his son, raced in Formula 1 for Benetton, where he scored two podium finishes in 1994.
The former driver agreed with his son’s assessment and added: “He uses his head more and his driving style is more fluid.
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“When I used to see that he took a corner too wild, I would stand there and tell him to drive more cleanly and take as much speed as possible through the corners.
“We practised that when he was very young”.
On Sunday however Verstappen ended up with two time penalties for the lap 37 incident.
He was penalised by 10 seconds for causing a collision with “erratic” braking and five seconds for a Turn 1 clash earlier in the lap while trying to defend his lead.
The Red Bull driver, who still held on to a secondplace finish despite the penalties, told Sky Sports : “I’m just trying to race and this sport lately is more about penalties than racing.
“For me this is not Formula 1.”
The Dutchman was also critical that he was the only driver penalised for the Turn 1 collision with Hamilton, which saw the British driver attempt a move around the outside of Verstappen before both drivers broke late and ended up off the track.
He said: “I find it interesting that I am the one who gets the penalty when both of us ran outside the white lines.
“In Brazil it was fine and now suddenly I get a penalty for it. Well you could clearly see both didn’t make the corner but it’s fine.
“I think lately we’re talking more about white lines and penalties than actually proper Formula 1 racing and that’s, I think, a little bit of a shame.”
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