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Vettel criticises 'jumpy' Max

16 July 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 16/07/17 5:47pm

A recap of how Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton won the British GP, as well as Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel’s ‘bumper cars’

They’re at it again.

Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel have enjoyed their fair share of on-track duels in Formula 1 – and the British GP served up another thriller.

Not only did Verstappen jump the Ferrari off the start, but he then displayed his full array of defensive skills to keep a charging Vettel at bay after his move down the inside of Stowe.

Watch the first lap of the 2017 British GP. as Max Verstappen jumped both Ferraris in his Red Bull

The Red Bull teenager was then accused of moving under braking when Vettel was attacking later in the race, with the championship leader claiming Verstappen needed to “calm down”.

“We know he’s a bit jumpy on that,” Vettel said. “He’s trying to defend as hard as possible but at some point you need to stick to your line. I’m sure he will calm down, he’s not done that many races.”

Verstappen, however, who was only passed by Vettel thanks to a Ferrari pitstop undercut, defended his tactics and said over team radio that the German was trying to play “bumper cars” at Silverstone.

“I knew I was quite a bit slower than him but I just tried to stay in front with every possible thing I could do,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1. “Luckily he didn’t pass me on track so I’m very happy about that.”

Verstappen and Vettel certainly wowed the Silverstone crowd with their on-track battles, and you can watch their encounters by clicking play on the videos above.

Sebastian Vettel didn’t think anyone was to blame for his flat tyre, causing him to drop from third to seventh during the British GP

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