Hamilton hit by grid penalty in Bahrain

Verstappen blames horsepower surge for crash

Motor racing-Mercedes' Hamilton simply hoping for progress in Bahrain GP

Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin has hit out at his team following a poor weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Matters were complicated by Mercedes assuming that Vettel would stop a second time before coming to realise that he might not, and also by problems with Hamilton's microphone, which meant that the pitwall could not always hear what he was saying.

"Surgery OK. I have to thank all of the people anxious".

Lewis Hamilton faced a tough job starting P9 due to a gearbox change and a fairly uninspiring Saturday.

However Vettel - who won the race - said this was a normal reaction from Hamilton, as he reacted angrily to a question in the post-race press conference - and swore himself.

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Things could have been a lot worse for the Briton, though.

Verstappen and Hamilton made contact in the early part of the race after the Red Bull driver ran wide, squeezing his rival. "It's not fair", said the German, who has had run-ins with Verstappen.

Forget points and podiums - safety must be paramount in Formula One. "I can't really remember what point of the race it was or why we were in that position, but I don't really care to be honest".

Ferrari was fined €50,000 (S$80,700) for the incident.

While Raikkonen was blameless for the accident (the light had, after all, gone green) he has been criticised by fans for barely acknowledging the chaos in his wake as he trudged back to the garage from his stricken auto. If you look, he was right to the white line.

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Nevertheless, he reeled them in on the first stint, including a sensational swoop down the straight that saw him edge past three cars simultaneously. Ricciardo and Verstappen will have left Bahrain not only ruing their misfortunes but fearing for their seats after Gasly's performance in the sister vehicle.

Sebastian Vettel leapt to the defence of Lewis Hamilton after his championship rival was questioned about calling Max Verstappen a "d***head" following the Bahrain GP.

Hamilton's Mercedes team revealed that the British driver suffered a hydraulics leak in Melbourne, and was fortunate to finish the race.

Having crashed in qualifying, Verstappen retired from the race at the Sakhir circuit as a result of damage done - including a punctured tyre - in that early incident.

"Max should have had a decent race".

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Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has criticised Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen for failing to get the most out of his auto so far this season. "I don't know what Lewis did, but we've all been in that situation".

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