English Lewis Hamilton, seven times world champion of F1, harshly criticized the Dutch Max Verstappen behind the chaotic Saudi Arabian Grand Prix disputed this Sunday. "He has exceeded the limits", said.
Hamilton won a spectacular night race on the street circuit of Jeddah and with this he tied on points in the World Cup standings with Verstappen. Both will compete for the title in the last race, next Sunday in Abu Dhabi.
The Saudi competition was marked by the numerous incidents, including one starring the two contenders for the world crown: after a maneuver considered illegal by the commissioners, Verstappen had to leave the first place to Hamilton and for this he braked abruptly, causing the British to hit him from behind by not expecting that action.
Verstappen was sanctioned with five seconds, letting Hamilton receive the checkered flag first.
"I really tried to stay calm, which was really difficult after what happened." Hamilton commented at the press conference. "I have faced many pilots in my 28 years of career, I have come across many characters, but some exceed the limits, the rules do not apply", criticized the pilot of Mercedes
“He (Verstappen) has pushed the limits, sure. I've had to avoid accident many times with this guy. He didn't care that we didn't finish, I did ”, He added in reference to the fact that the Dutchman arrived at this Grand Prix with eight points of advantage, so that in case of not scoring, neither of them was the beneficiary.
Red Bull indicated that Verstappen only limited himself to fulfilling the order to let his rival pass, while Mercedes ironically said that the Dutchman was perhaps "Testing the brakes" in front of Hamilton.
"I don't understand why he hit the brakes so hard that I couldn't avoid the collision with him", affirmed the Briton. "I don't have the information ... It was very confusing", He added.
Visibly upset, Verstappen denied any wrongdoing in the incident.: “I stopped, I wanted to let him pass, I got to the right but he didn't want to overtake me and we touched. I don't really know what happened ”, said.
Even on points before the last race, Verstappen has a slight advantage, since if neither of them scores, the title will go to him for having won more races this year (9 to 8 of his rival).