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Winner Hamilton critical of Verstappen: ‘He could have been more patient’ | NOW

Lewis Hamilton is critical of Max Verstappen after the Bahrain Grand Prix. The British winner of the race believes that the Dutchman should have been more patient prior to his much-discussed overtaking action.

“Max’s tires were much newer than my tires, so he should have been a bit more patient,” said Hamilton, who made his last pit stop eleven laps ahead of Verstappen. Ziggo Sport.

“He shouldn’t have attacked me there. I braked late on purpose and forced him wide. That put him out of the track and by overtaking me he broke the rules. I knew he had to give me back that spot.”

After Verstappen’s catch-up action, Red Bull was told by the race management that the ten-time Grand Prix winner had to return the lead to Hamilton. Verstappen was no longer able to attack Hamilton’s Mercedes in the remaining laps and finished second.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton fight for the lead for a long time in the final phase of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

‘Red Bull has a fantastic car’

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Hamilton, impressed by Red Bull’s car, did not expect to win the Bahrain Grand Prix. “They are so incredibly fast”, he continued about the Limburger’s team.

“Max is in top form and they have a fantastic car. The engine they built there is incredibly powerful. Given those conditions, I am even happier than usual to have won this race.”

The Formula 1 season will resume in three weeks with a race in Imola, Italy.

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