Lewis Hamilton tries to bury hatchet with Max Verstappen

  • Lewis Hamilton tries to bury hatchet with Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton tries to bury hatchet with Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen says he will not change his style of racing despite drawing the ire of Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton after a collision at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel has won the first two races of the season, leaving Lewis Hamilton 17 points behind.

Hamilton lapped the 5.4km circuit in one minute, 33.999 seconds, 0.359 seconds clear of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton, speaking before he topped the first practice session of the weekend in China, said he expects Ferrari to have another very strong weekend.

28 - Hamilton is only one race away from becoming the driver to collect points in the most F1 grands prix in succession.

Sebastian Vettel set the fourth-best time, a touch slower than a tenth of a second off the pace, while Max Verstappen, the fastest Red Bull Racing driver, was 0.341 seconds behind the headline time.

"That was very much a fortunate scenario for them, but they capitalised on it". "I've been here a long time and I know it's not lost in two races".

We're certainly not saying this is a must-win for Hamilton but he has never won a championship in a year which he didn't claim a win in the opening three rounds.

"But it has been a good day, we got through all the laps that we needed and got some good feedback about the vehicle".

But his race was marred by problems with radio communication, revealed this week by Mercedes' race engineer, Andrew Shovlin, to have been caused by the microphones being out of position in Hamilton's balaclava. "But if we do, like this weekend, and we find the sweet spot, then I'm pretty confident that we can do well there as well".

"That means every single individual in this team can't have an off-day". We've been progressing through the sessions and we've got a good idea. The Dutch driver, on the other hand, initially blamed four-time Formula 1 Drivers' world champion for the incident and seemed annoyed as the race stewards did not penalize him for his actions.

"I texted my engineer Bono (Peter Bennington) and said we need to win this weekend, we can't have any excuses, we've got to somehow pull together, go leaps and bounds to make sure we finish ahead of Ferrari, so I believe that we can do that", he told CNN, per the Express. "In order to win this year, we need to bring our A game".

In contrast Daniel Ricciardo, who finished ninth, half a second off his team-mate in FP2, struggled but is confident pace can be found.