By George Stephens •
Published: 01 Nov 2019 • 8:26
Max Verstappen has slammed back at Lewis Hamilton, calling the world champion Lewis Hamilton “disrespectful”.
Hamilton, who could win his sixth title at this weekend’s US Grand Prix, opened the war of words with Verstappen after he took aim at the Dutchman’s driving in Mexico at last Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Hamilton said that he has to afford Verstappen extra room in the fear of being “torpedoed” by the Dutch driver this follows their first-lap altercation last weekend as well as other seasons incidents.
Sebastian Vettel fully agreed with Hamiltons remarks.
“It was a silly comment to make,” said Verstappen. “I don’t need to dig into other people in a press conference because it is disrespectful and I prefer to fight on track.
“It only shows that I am in their heads, and I guess that is a good thing. I am a hard racer, but fair, and it is just not correct what Hamilton said”
“I like to fight hard but on the edge. If they want me to stay behind it is better that I stay at home.
“I want to take the fight to them because that is what we are here for. We are in Formula One, we are the best out there, and we fight for victories. That is what I live for.”
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