Hamilton Makes Up With Verstappen In China

Lewis Hamilton has moved on from the fallout of his Bahrain GP clash with Max Verstappen, by talking to the younger driver in China. The Mercedes man described the Red Bull driver as a “d***head” after the clash in Bahrain. But Hamilton has initiated contact, when the pair bumped into each other at the autograph […]

Lewis Hamilton has moved on from the fallout of his Bahrain GP clash with Max Verstappen, by talking to the younger driver in China.

The Mercedes man described the Red Bull driver as a “d***head” after the clash in Bahrain.

But Hamilton has initiated contact, when the pair bumped into each other at the autograph signing.

“I generally do my talking on the track,” said the world champion. “After this incident I didn’t.

 

“But I just saw Max just now, and I said to him, I think it’s always good to show respect, and regardless of whether I’m the older driver, more importantly being that I’m the older driver, I felt it was important that I went to him.

 

“So just as we were signing now I just shook his hand and said, ‘I’m sorry about the last race, regardless of whether it was his fault or my fault, it doesn’t really matter, it’s in the past.’

 

“Hopefully that sign of respect shows a lot, and helps you kind of turn the pace and move forwards racing each other.

 

“And hopefully keeps respect between you, because I think that’s important between drivers.”

 

Asked what the Dutchman’s reply was, Hamilton said: “I don’t really know, there was a lot of noise, but he acknowledged me.”

Hamilton also said that he wouldn’t change the way he races Verstappen.

 

“I have a lot of respect for Max, and I hope you can see that from the comments I made during testing where I said he’s got great potential to be a champion. As we all know, he’s such a talented driver.

 

“I was in the same place when I was young, I was a bit older actually, but still, it’s such a learning process with all that pressure being in a top team and you are constantly learning.

 

“He’s going to have some great races and some bad races, just like as I have, and I will do, and I’m much older than him.”

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