Hamilton says rules don’t seem to apply to Verstappen

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Lewis Hamilton says there have been “multiple incidents” this season where “the rules haven’t been clear”, so Max Verstappen’s dangerous driving has been “allowed” to continue.

After the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix that featured several incidents between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, Lewis was asked if he has changed his approach to racing due to his run-ins with Max.

“I don’t think I have changed the way I race,” said the Briton.

“We have seen multiple incidents, like in Brazil where we are supposed to be doing our racing between the white lines and the rules haven’t been clear from the stewards and those things have been allowed so that has continued.

“From my understanding, I cannot overtake someone, go off-track and then keep the position. That is well known between all of us drivers, but that doesn’t apply to one of us, I guess.”

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After one particular incident in today’s race, which saw Max hold on to the lead by forcing them both off the track, Lewis told his race engineer Peter Bonnington that the Dutch driver was “f**king crazy”.

“I definitely feel there were scenarios where that was the case,” he explained after the race.

“This is not the first time I have had to avoid an incident and yeah, that is how I felt in the moment.

“Sometimes you say things in the heat of the moment and then you go back and rewatch things and feel differently.

“In the moment, that is how it felt but I really just tried to recompose myself and chase down and keep on fighting,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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