Lewis Hamilton hits out at "crazy" Verstappen move – but stewards rule no issue

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Lewis Hamilton blasted Max Verstappen as "crazy" for blocking an overtake attempt in the closing stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The two title rivals have come to blows several times already this season, and there was more animosity between them at Interlagos.

In a race lacking in drama until the closing stages, Hamilton scythed his way through the pack from 10th place on the grid to claim a hugely important victory.

The crucial moment came 12 laps from the finish when the Mercedes star blitzed past the Red Bull before sailing off into the distance.

In the end, Hamilton won the race by over ten seconds, but it was a victory that required expert driving and a great deal of patience from the British ace.

Hamilton nearly took the lead ten laps earlier on lap 49 but was forced wide by Verstappen who pushed his championship foe off the track to keep hold of his advantage.

The Mercedes driver was not impressed with the Dutchman's action and got on the radio to call him "crazy."

Despite objections from both Hamilton and his team, the race stewards they decided against investigating the incident.

Upon finding out the incident would not be investigated, Hamilton reportedly replied "of course" or "I thought so" on the team radio.

In the end it didn't matter as the British star found a way past Verstappen to claim a full quota of points and cut his rival's lead at the top of the drivers' standings.

F1 great Damon Hill was full of praise for the former McLaren man after the race, tweeting: "That was one of the best drives I've ever seen in F1. By anyone. Utterly awesome."

Hamilton himself gushed: "Coming into this weekend I never ever thought we would be able to close the gap like we had today. And then these things that just kept going against us.

"I think it really shows, never give up whatever you're facing, you've got to keep pushing, keep tumbling away, keep fighting and never ever stop fighting, that's how I've approached this weekend."

Hamilton is now 14 points behind championship leader Verstappen with three races of the season remaining.

  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Max Verstappen
  • Formula One
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