Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton criticised Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for a lack of respect after the two collided during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton recovered from a grid penalty to complete the podium after Kimi Raikkonen’s hopes were dashed during a pitstop that left a Ferrari mechanic hurt and forced him to retire.
Verstappen was forced to retire after the two cars touched when the Dutchman was trying to overtake on lap two.
Hamilton said: “It was an unnecessary collision. There needs to be a certain respect between drivers.
“It didn’t feel that respectful. It was a silly manoeuvre from him because he didn’t finish the race.”
Verstappen, who retired with a broken differential, insisted Hamilton was in the wrong as they collided when the Red Bull pushed Hamilton wide as they ran side by side through Turn One.
“I had a good run on to the straight and going for the inside under braking I was next to him, going in to the corner I was ahead,” Verstappen said.
“Of course you always try to squeeze each other a bit. I think there was still enough space on the left but he drove into my left rear and gave me a puncture and also destroyed the diff.”
Hamilton added: “He ran me out of road, which I felt at the time was just unnecessary. He was past. I couldn’t get by. There was no need to push by.