Defending Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton pulled no punches in his scathing attack on title rival Max Verstappen after the pair collided during Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix which was won by Hamilton.
Verstappen received two time penalties, 5s and 10s respectively following two separate incidents during the event and he feels that one driver on the grid in 2021 doesn’t understand the rules in that you can’t overtake a competitor by going off track. Hamilton is referring to the incident during Sunday’s race where Max Verstappen was forced off the track having taken the lead from Hamilton, he was told to give the place back and slowed in order to do so however, having not been made aware of the situation, Lewis Hamilton ran into the back of Verstappen.
The incident was investigated by the stewards who found that Max Verstappen had braked suddenly resulting in rapid deceleration resulting in the crash with Hamilton.
Hamilton went on to win the race and claim a bonus point for scoring the fastest lap meaning that Verstappen and Hamilton head to the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend on the reconfigured Yas Marina circuit on 369.5 points apiece meaning that whoever finishes the race ahead will be crowned champion.
It is the first time since 1974, when Clay Regazzoni driving for Ferrari and Emerson Fittipaldi driving for McLaren were tied on points going into the final race of the season, a battle that saw Fittipaldi claim the championship.