Lewis Hamilton doubles down on calling Max Verstappen "f****** crazy"

Lewis Hamilton has defended using an expletive to describe the driving of F1 title rival Max Verstappen following their collision at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in Jeddah.

The seven-time Drivers' World Champion, who picked up his third successive race victory to go level on points with the Dutchman, went into the back of the Red Bull car on turn 27.

Hamilton hit out at Verstappen on the Mercedes team radio to a fuming Toto Wolff, with his rival driver later being handed a 10-second penalty but holding on to a second-placed finish.

Hamilton said on the team radio: “He just tested me under braking. I just hit him, man, the wing is broken. He tested me on the brakes. I didn’t know what was going on.

"It was just dangerous driving. This guy is f****** crazy, man.”

Following that outburst, the 36-year-old, who is looking to surpass Michael Schumacher's titles in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, stuck by his verdict.

Hamilton said: "I definitely feel that there were scenarios where that was the case.

"This is not the first time that I've had to avoid collision and yeah, that's how I felt at the moment.

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"But you know, sometimes you say things in the heat of the moment and you go back and re-watch things and then you maybe feel differently but in the moment that's how it felt.

"But I really just tried to recompose myself and chase down and keep fighting."

Verstappen was understandably disappointed after seeing his once strong lead slip away in the world championship standings, but remains confident of a race victory in the title decider.

"Luckily the fans have a clear mind about racing because what happened today is unbelievable," he said.

"I'm just trying to race and this sport these days is more about penalties than about racing. For me this is not Formula 1 but at least the fans enjoyed it.

"I gave it all today but clearly not quick enough. But still, happy with second."

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