Lewis Hamilton responds to Max Verstappen’s taunt

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After winning the Monaco Grand Prix and assuming the lead in the drivers’ championship, Max Verstappen took the opportunity to take a swipe at Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

With Hamilton finishing in P7 and Verstappen winning the race, the Dutch driver now sits at the top of the drivers’ championship standings.

After the race Max took the opportunity to respond to Lewis saying that Verstappen “feels he perhaps has a lot to prove”, which the Briton insinuated can lead to him taking more chances during their wheel-to-wheel encounters.

“Actions always speak louder than words, I think that’s a good lesson,” Verstappen said.

“After this weekend you have to talk on the track. That’s what I like.”

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said earlier that Hamilton’s words might be an attempt at “mind-games”. After the Monaco Grand Prix, Lewis responded to both Verstappen and Horner.

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“I’m not playing mind games,” the Briton told BBC Sport.

“It’s interesting what Christian [Horner] comes out with, but I couldn’t care less.

“They did a great job this weekend and that’s that. There are 17 races to go. I’m not going to get into a war of words. It’s childish.”

Lewis went on to talk about the difficulties he faced in Monaco.

“We don’t have an explanation as to why we’re in the position we’re in. There’s something we need to try and understand.

“I didn’t really have any tyre degredation today, I was just stuck behind everyone even in the second stint.

“You can’t overtake here so it’s pointless staying up [Pierre Gasly’s] backside, so I just left a gap,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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