Lewis Hamilton accused Max Verstappen of ‘brake testing’ him as the pair clashed during the penultimate Grand Prix of the F1 season in Jeddah.
Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff threw his headphones to the ground in anger in reaction to the Dutchman’s move, which saw him block a potential overtake for the Brit.
Verstappen was instructed to give the place back to Hamilton, but the pair then collided as championship leader slowed in front of his rival.
Red Bull argued they were attempting to give the place back, but Mercedes seemingly did not realise this, hence the minor crash.
Shortly after the incident, Hamilton: “He just brake tested me. I just hit him, man, the wing is broken.”
“He brake tested me. I didn’t know what was going on. That was just dangerous driving.
“This guy is f***ing crazy man.”
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Verstappen was handed a five-second time penalty for initially gaining an advantage by cutting the corner, with the incident which saw Hamilton run into him being investigated after the race.
Wolff fumed in the pit lane and eventually Verstappen did hand the position over with Hamilton taking the lead on lap 43.
The Brit went on to win the Grand Prix, which was being held in Jeddah for the first time.
“It was quite eventful,” said Verstappen after the race.
“A lot of things happen that I don’t fully agree with but it is what it is, I tried on track to give my all. Nevertheless, I was still second.”
Asked about the incident with Hamilton he said: “I slowed down, I wanted to let him through, I was on the right but he didn’t want to overtake and then we touched. I don’t really understand what happened there.”