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Max Verstappen REFUSES to change after Sebastian Vettel crash

Max Verstappen REFUSES to change after Sebastian Vettel crash Max Verstappen REFUSES to change after Sebastian Vettel crash
Kristopher Love | 15 April, 2018, 19:13

On that day it was Vettel's Red Bull, and here the German - now dressed in Ferrari red - could not hide his enthusiasm. I locked the rears a bit and hit him. It was of course my fault.

The Dutch youngster later apologised in person to Vettel and to his Red Bull team on social media.

"I was waiting for him to come down the inside".

The FIA stewards gave Verstappen a 10-second time penalty that dropped him from fourth to fifth in the final results.

Saturday's pole was Vettel's second in three races this season and Ferrari's first in Shanghai since Brazilian Rubens Barrichello started the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix from the front in 2004.

Ferrari made Formula One rivals sit up and take notice after an ominous show of speed in qualifying for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

The German added: 'He's not young anymore. This can happen when you [have done] 300 races. Inside the vehicle judgements are very hard to make. Inside the auto you mustn't forget that the judgements are very hard to make. Then we were in trouble with Daniel and almost with Kimi in the end.

"So I knew that I had a little bit more and obviously in the last lap I got it all together and [was] very happy that when I crossed the line I was looking up to see the screen and I saw something green, which is usually good, and a little bit of purple". I left a little bit of room as well. "To be honest I was expecting him to come earlier".

"I had no intention to resist, because it was clear, with Daniel as well, that there was no point in doing so".

"This is definitely not what I want and it's a life lesson". It's not what you want and it's easy to say afterwards "I should have waited". It is very unfortunate those things happening.

"I am confident I can stay where I am, but moving forwards is going to be tough", Hamilton, 33, said. Does it mean I need to calm down?

"Really pleased. It was a tight session but I think again a great result for the team". "I don't think I necessarily need to be less aggressive or anything because it has nothing to do with being overly aggressive". "Really bad and unnecessary".

Ricciardo dispatched Bottas on lap 45 to take the lead, but his team-mate, Verstappen, had a far scrappier afternoon.

Having been involved in two contact incidents in two consecutive races, it would appear that Verstappen needs to asses his aggression levels or his judgement.

"In Bahrain he learned a lesson because Lewis doesn't let anyone do that, and Max's vehicle was destroyed afterwards".

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel steers his vehicle during the qualifying session for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.