Max Verstappen lacked respect with Bahrain GP move, says Lewis Hamilton

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"Our auto really came alive on the soft and medium compounds today, and that is probably one indication that we will see the competitive balance swing from track to track this season". If you haven't spoken about it and set up a strategy to action what you need, the guys are stressed in the garage because they have messages from the pit-wall, messages coming from both sides, it's stressful for someone like "Bono" and then I come in.

"We've all been in that situation, we fight someone, we go sometimes wheel-to-wheel, it's close and you have a lot of adrenalin going".

Hamilton admitted Bahrain was all about damage control having started from ninth place, and was happy with his final result - third place, which was aided by retirements for Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen.

"We're going to sit down and discuss the last two races", he said, aware that China is just a few days away. "I think if it was the other way around he would have said something".

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was out after accidentally breaking a team mechanic's leg, and a anxious Vettel was struggling to hold his lead on fading tires.

"But he continued to come across and that didn't leave me any room and we ended up touching..."

"It's a human reaction and sometimes I feel it's all a bit blown up and artificial if we have these questions trying to make something out of nothing".

"I can't afford to lose any more points to Sebastian", conceded Hamilton, who is already 17 points behind the Ferrari driver.

"Calling him a "****head" in the cool-down room as he watched highlights of the grand prix, Hamilton later added: "There needs to be a certain respect between drivers. "It didn't feel like a respectful manoeuvre".

"I think there was still enough space on the left, but he drove into my left rear, gave me a puncture and also destroyed the "diff".

"Then I accepted defeat and I just backed out because I knew he was going to try and run me wide. There was no need to push by".

Verstappen is the rising star of Formula One, already the victor of three races and a driver Hamilton rates as a future champion.

The defending champion, who will fulfil sponsorship commitments on Tuesday and Wednesday, was victorious in China a year ago and will be desperate to get his title charge back on track following two winless rubbers.