January 23, 2019

Lewis Hamilton labels his Chinese Grand Prix 'a disaster'

15 April 2018, 07:16 | Anna Jefferson

GETTYSebastian Vettel was a second quicker than Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel

At that time I was racing Lewis and I was waiting for him to come through. "That was of course my fault", Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.

Another interesting team to watch will be Red Bull.

"Obviously I wouldn't mind if it stays there, but I think it will be a tight race amongst the top three teams, and a long, tough race, but obviously it's good to start from the front". We were both lucky'.

Losing less time in the accident, Verstappen then went on to overtake Lewis Hamilton who was also on older medium tyres, before a 10-second penalty ultimately saw him finish fifth behind the Mercedes.

World championship leader Sebastian Vettel took pole position with a lap more than half a second faster than that of Valtteri Bottas, the fastest of the two Mercedes drivers in third place.

"He's not young anymore".

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"Inside the auto, you mustn't forget that these judgments are hard to make".

"He's done enough races so you know, but again, this can happen to you also when you've done 300 races so inside the vehicle, you know, you mustn't forget that the judgements are very hard to make but you ultimately have to have these things in mind and yeah, make sure you don't crash". Then it's game over for both of us in that case.

"I didn't see him until very late", said Vettel, who retains an 11-point championship lead over Hamilton. I left a little bit of room as well.

Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo added, "Ferrari has had really good pace all weekend and I can't say honestly now that we're going to have their pace tomorrow, but Mercedes definitely look within reach". But he made a mistake, locked up - it happens with a tailwind down that straight - I guess he misjudged and compromised both our races.

Despite another high-profile collision, Verstappen maintains he does not need to change his approach. "Not what I want". It happened very quickly, but it was a decisive, winning move. At the moment, it is not going the way I like.

"I'm thankful for a couple of incidents that happened ahead today that kept us in the battle". I don't think so. "I just need to analyse everything and try to come back stronger for the next race".

Ricciardo dispatched Bottas on lap 45 to take the lead, but his team-mate, Verstappen, had a far scrappier afternoon.

Max Verstappen admitted after an incident-packed Chinese Grand Prix that he needed to think about how to end a run of error-strewn races.

"In Bahrain he learned a lesson because Lewis doesn't let anyone do that, and Max's auto was destroyed afterwards".

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