Sebastian Vettel destroys reporter over question regarding Lewis Hamilton's 'dickhead' comment

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To top off the 20-year-old's struggles in the Middle East, Hamilton called him a "d***head" in the drivers lounge after the race, referencing the Red Bull driver's failed attempt to overtake on the first lap.

Last season, the battle for the title between Vettel and Hamilton was often a heated affair, which peaked during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when Vettel deliberately rammed Hamilton's Mercedes when the race was neutralised by a Safety Car period.

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"Max should have had a decent race".

"We were racing, which was all fine, and often when the auto is on the outside you should end up running out of road".

"Do you think comparing to football, if you have a microphone on a football player's mouth, that everything he says is something nice and is a nice message when the guy tackles him and maybe sometimes he fouls him or not".

Lewis Hamilton has continued his row with Max Verstappen and taken another shot at the Dutch driver by declaring that his immaturity on track is costing Red Bull Racing valuable points in the Formula 1 Drivers' and Constructors' Championship.

"It looked as though we were a bit quicker than the rest but at this point I wouldn't draw any conclusions", Vettel said. It's a human reaction.

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Hamilton had been poised to win at Albert Park but a timing error on the Mercedes pit wall during a virtual safety auto period gifted the victory to his rival Vettel.

The Dutchman also refused to admit that he was being impatient when making the overtake. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has won successive races to build up a 17-point lead over Hamilton at the top of the drivers' standings.

"It didn't feel that respectful".

"It was a silly manoeuvre for himself, because he didn't finish the race. And obviously he's tending to make quite a few mistakes recently".

Verstappen crashed in qualifying in Bahrain on Saturday, blaming an unexpected power surge for the incident. Sebastian Vettel took a scintillating pole at the Sakhir circuit completing the lap in 1m27.958s and was closely followed by teammate Kimi Raikkonen in second place with a gap of 0.143s.

"I had a good run onto the straight, going for the inside under braking I was next to him, going into the corner I was ahead".

"I think there was still enough space on the left but he drove into my left rear and gave me a puncture and also destroyed my differential".