Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Hamilton urges his Mercedes team to improve communication

Hamilton urges his Mercedes team to improve communication

Last season, the battle for the title between Vettel and Hamilton was often a heated affair, which peaked during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when Vettel deliberately rammed Hamilton's Mercedes when the race was neutralised by a Safety Car period.

"Ferrari have obviously done a great job", Hamilton told reporters.

Vettel qualified on pole position while Hamilton started in ninth place having taken a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

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His team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished 0.6sec behind the German, and the team conceded after the race that they could have made better calls to get both drivers past Vettel, who was struggling for pace in the closing laps on fading tyres.

He clipped Hamilton's wheel and suffered a puncture, with the damage to his auto causing Verstappen to retire from the race.

Raikkonen and Vettel finished half-a-second clear of their Mercedes rivals in practice.

World champion Lewis Hamilton has questioned Max Verstappen's maturity. "I've lost two races now".

Hamilton added: "He ran me out of road, which I felt at the time was just unnecessary. I knew we had a very good vehicle for the race, so I knew we would be able to fight them".

Hamilton, meanwhile, has hit back at Red Bull Racing driver Verstappen, after the pair collided early in the race.

The world champion insisted that he had conceded the corner and left the Dutchman room to get safely past.

The Mercedes driver escaped without damage, but Verstappen suffered a broken wheel and a puncture, while a differential failure caused his retirement. The Red Bull driver came out with a fresh set of supersoft tires, but then pulled up a lap later to make it a miserable evening for the Austrian team, who had already lost Ricciardo's auto to a technical fault.

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".

Verstappen believes that if the roles were reversed, Hamilton would not have been happy in his position.

"There needs to be a certain respect between drivers".

"It's a human reaction and sometimes I feel it's all a bit blown up and artificial if we have these questions trying to make something out of nothing". "It was a silly manoeuvre from him because he didn't finish the race".

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