News Ricciardo: Verstappen 'too greedy' with Hamilton move

22:01  12 april  2018
22:01  12 april  2018 Source:

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LEWIS Hamilton has accused Max Verstappen of showing him no “respect” at the Bahrain GP and believes the Red Bull driver is making too many mistakes. As Verstappen limped back to the pits following the collision with Hamilton , he passed a stationary Ricciardo as the Australian suffered a

But it’s impossible to argue after this season that he is not in the discussion with Hamilton , Vettel, his Verstappen might well have won in Singapore, too , had not he been taken out in the multi-car Ricciardo was furious that Verstappen ’s over-optimistic move on the first lap led to his retirement.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ collide© Sutton Images Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ collide

Daniel Ricciardo believes his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was "a little too greedy" and squeezed Lewis Hamilton too much in their controversial Bahrain Grand Prix clash.

Verstappen dived inside Hamilton at Turn 1 at the start of the second lap and was almost clear of the Mercedes before his left-rear wheel made contact with Hamilton's right front.

That damaged the rim on Verstappen's car and caused an immediate puncture, which led to the differential being terminally wounded as he limped back to the pits.

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Red Bull's Bahrain Grand Prix got off to the worst possible start, as Daniel Ricciardo retires and Max Verstappen suffers a puncture. I need to watch it again, but it didn't feel like a respectful move ." Max Verstappen 's left rear tyre was punctured after his early collision with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton .

Verstappen moved to cover Hamilton by pitting from the lead just one lap later, moving onto the soft tire, while Ferrari also decided to bring Vettel in and Ricciardo took third ahead of Vettel in P4, who faded to more than 10 seconds behind the Red Bull driver as his tires dropped off in the closing stages.

Hamilton and Verstappen disagreed over who was to blame for the clash, but Ricciardo said on Thursday in China that the young Dutchman was at fault.

"I'll be honest," said Ricciardo. "It didn't deserve a penalty so that was fine.

"But it reminded me a little bit of me and [Nico] Rosberg in Budapest [in 2015] where he kept coming and I was on the exit kerb and had nowhere else to go.

"I think Max had the move [completed] already, I just don't think he needed to run all the way to the kerb.

"I think regardless Max would have stayed ahead, he was just a little too greedy."

Hamilton said Verstappen was a "dickhead" immediately after the race in the room the top three drivers wait in before the podium ceremony.

He claimed he had forfeited the corner, and Ricciardo agreed Hamilton could not have done more to avoid it.

"I heard some people say Lewis could have lifted but you're there, unless he turned off the track or braked…it's easier said than done," he said.

"Lewis was so tight [to the outside of the track] as well, he wasn't going to make Turn 2 with any form of speed.

"Even if Max had hung around the outside [through Turn 2] I just think Max would have had him regardless. He squeezed him a little too much in my opinion."

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