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‘This guy is f***ing crazy’ – Lewis Hamilton slams title rival Max Verstappen after collision in Saudi Arabian GP epic

LEWIS HAMILTON labelled title rival Max Verstappen ‘f***ing crazy’ after crashing into the back of him during a remarkable Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Hamilton eventually passed Verstappen to claim the victory and move level on points with the Dutchman heading into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton came out on top after the bizarre collision
Hamilton was left raging after crashing into the back of Verstappen

But the race, which included two separate red flags for various crashes, was littered with incidents – the most bizarre of which came on lap 37.

Verstappen, who had already been given a five-second penalty for leaving the track earlier in the race, had been informed he needed to give the lead back to Hamilton following a decision from the stewards.

But as he slowed down to let Hamilton past. the Brit appeared confused and did not initially go past him.

Then when Hamilton drove up behind Verstappen he hit the back of the Red Bull – an incident the seven-time champion believes was caused by Verstappen brake-testing him.

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Speaking during the race, Hamilton said: “This guy is f***ing crazy, man. It was just dangerous driving dude.”

In his post-race interview, he then added: “I don’t understand why he hit the brakes quite heavily so I ran into the back of him. It was a bit confusing.”

When asked about the incident, Verstappen responded: “I slowed down, I wanted to let him by.

“I was on the right but he didn’t want to overtake and we touched. I don’t really understand what happened there.

“It will be decided [at Abu Dhabi] hopefully we have a good weekend.”

Prior to that – when receiving the Driver of the Day accolade after the chequered flag – the 24-year-old said: “Luckily the fans have a clear mind about racing.

“I’m just trying to race. This sport is more about penalties than racing. I’m pleased the fans enjoyed it and I gave it my all today.”

Following the incident, Verstappen was called to the stewards for an alleged Breach of Article 2 (d) Chapter IV Appendix L of the FIA International Sporting Code.

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This says: “Causing a collision. Repetition of serious mistakes or the appearance of a lack of control over the car (such as leaving the track) will be reported to the Stewards and may entail the imposition of penalties up to and including the exclusion of any driver concerned.”

Hamilton and Verstappen have previously collided at the British and Italian Grands Prix.

The pair now head to Abu Dhabi level on points, with Verstappen leading only by virtue of having won more races – nine to Hamilton’s eight.

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