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Max Verstappen

Verstappen points the finger at Hamilton after Brazil clash

Max Verstappen has blamed Lewis Hamilton for their tangle in the early stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen has blamed Lewis Hamilton for their collision during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Following an early Safety Car for the tangle between Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen, the Red Bull driver attempted to overtake Hamilton for second place at the restart.

Going around the outside of the Mercedes at Turn 1, Verstappen tried to complete the move on the inside of Turn 2.

The two drivers came together on the apex of the corner, forcing Hamilton wide and damaging Verstappen's front wing.

Hamilton continued several positions down - although he recovered to challenge for the win - and Verstappen pitted for repairs, received a time penalty from the stewards and fought back to finish in a controversial fifth place.

Verstappen: Hamilton had 'zero intention' of giving space

Speaking after the race, Verstappen believed Hamilton could have done more to avoid the incident.

"I went around the outside into Turn 1, I just felt that as soon as I was going next to him, he had no intention to leave me space," Verstappen told media.

"I thought 'okay, we don't need space, and we're just going to collide'.

"For him, it ruined his chances to win the race.

"I thought after last year, we maybe forget about it, we can finally race, you know, because first of all, when I went side-by-side, I thought, 'okay, let's have a good race'.

"I was surprised when I got the five-second penalty. I mean, I was not upset, but if you asked me would I do it again; absolutely."

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