It was this pressure that caused Verstappen to lunge at Hamilton in a daring overtaking manoeuvre at the first bend. "It's not fair. I don't know what Lewis did, but we've all been in that situation". If you listen to my radio over the years I don't have a ton but there are times when you need more.
"If you are just out of the vehicle, you are still full of adrenaline".
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner cited the coming-together as "hard racing" but Hamilton said: 'It is interesting to hear Christian has said that because they have a auto which should be getting good results but through inexperience, or not mature decisions, they are not.
Lewis Hamilton - starting from ninth on the grid - made an exceptional move to overtake three cars after a "virtual safety car" restart, whipping past Fernando Alonso and then diving into turn one ahead of Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg.
"Can I answer that?" he said. So we ended up touching. I had a really good start, but I didn't capitalise on it. That would have really been hard.
"My thoughts are on the world championship and I've lost two races now". I am 17 points down already after just two races.
"Ferrari have shown over the last two races that they have the edge at the moment, but it is close and we definitely have to do a better job".
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"There needs to be a certain respect between drivers", Mercedes' four times world champion told reporters.
"It didn't feel that respectful".
"It was a silly move for him because he didn't finish the race and obviously he's tending to make quite a few mistakes recently".
Verstappen, who retired with a broken differential, insisted Hamilton was to blame. "Of course, you always try to squeeze each other a bit".
"I think there was still enough space on the left but I got a touch on the left rear and it destroyed my diff". His radio was not working properly and the team could not hear what he was saying, crucial in a race that was evolving quickly and dictated by the need to know how much to push and how much to save tyres according to Vettel's strategy.
The Dutch driver blamed Hamilton for the incident during his post-retirement chat with the media, and was annoyed the race stewards did not take action against the Mercedes driver.
Hamilton has said that he doubts he could have won in Bahrain after being held up in traffic over the opening laps but he was frustrated that the team had not established a protocol with which he was comfortable.