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Lewis Hamilton has been critical of Max Verstappen in the past and said he was careless

‘Some are smart and aggressive and some are silly’: Lewis Hamilton slams Max Verstappen after nearly being ‘torpedoed’ in Mexican GP

  • Lewis Hamilton has criticised Max Verstappen’s, saying he fears a collision  
  • The two drivers came close to crashing at the second corner at the Mexican GP 
  • Hamilton won the race but his wait for a sixth world championship will go on 
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Max Verstappen has been singled out as Formula One’s ‘silly’ dangerman after his gung-ho approach in last weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

The Dutchman was stripped of pole position for not slowing under yellow flags during qualifying and then tangled with winner Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas during the race.

Red Bull’s Verstappen, 22, is a raw diamond and is treated with caution by his fellow drivers.

Lewis Hamilton has been critical of Max Verstappen in the past and said he was careless

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Lewis Hamilton has been critical of Max Verstappen in the past and said he was careless

The Dutchman, who has two GP race wins in 2019, has come under fire for his driving style

The Dutchman, who has two GP race wins in 2019, has come under fire for his driving style

The Dutchman, who has two GP race wins in 2019, has come under fire for his driving style

Asked if his approach to racing Verstappen differs from other competitors, Hamilton said: ‘Err, yep. Every driver is different. Some are smart and aggressive and some are silly with it.

‘From experience of racing with them you give them more space while with others you don’t need to. If you come together with Max, you give him extra space. He’s a magnet for those kinds of things.

‘At some point I thought I’d get torpedoed by him.’ Sebastian Vettel, who finished second in Mexico, agreed with Hamilton, saying: ‘Just copy and paste, it’s true.’ Hamilton and Verstappen went wheel to wheel on the first lap, with Verstappen forcing the Brit on to the grass to avoid serious damage.

Verstappen later clashed with Bottas, puncturing one of his own tyre before fighting his way back to finish sixth.

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The scrap for the title now goes to Austin, Texas, this Sunday with Hamilton only needing to come eighth to be certain of claiming his sixth championship success over his remaining nominal rival, Bottas.

Hamilton won the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday but will have to wait to confirm his six title

Hamilton won the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday but will have to wait to confirm his six title

Hamilton won the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday but will have to wait to confirm his six title

The British driver holds his winning trophy on the podium, where he was joined by his F1 car

The British driver holds his winning trophy on the podium, where he was joined by his F1 car

The British driver holds his winning trophy on the podium, where he was joined by his F1 car

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