Lewis Hamilton labels his Chinese Grand Prix 'a disaster'

Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Chinese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel says Max Verstappen's lack of experience is not an excuse for their collision during the Chinese Grand Prix. Bottas was quick to jump over fellow Finn, Kimi Raikkonen at the start of the race and further managed to ideal the undercut on Sebastian Vettel, the then race leader to come ahead of him after the first round of pits.

"We are only two races in, but I arrived here thinking I want to win the next 19", Hamilton said. "I had no pace so was just trying to hold on for whatever I had". I heard the safety vehicle call at turn 14 and they said we are going to stop. I need to get back to my normal level of performance before I lose more valuable points. And what we've suffered in the past, from overheating, has happened the other way around today. "We need to get our act together".

Verstappen was handed a 10-second penalty for the incident and finished fifth overall, being demoted behind Lewis Hamilton, who he had overtaken again following the crash.

He dropped out when he strove to pass Hamilton, who has already spoken of Verstappen's inexperience costing RedBull precious points.

The Brit chose not to make a safety vehicle pit stop and suffered as he failed to make the podium.

Immediately before the race was restarted Hamilton was heard asking his team why he hadn't also joined Verstappen and Ricciardo in pitting for new tyres. The Silver Arrows pair were half a second slower than Ferrari in the top ten shootout, with Hamilton abandoning his final lap after a mistake at the penultimate corner.

"He came to me afterwards and apologised and I told him: 'Look, you threw a podium away yourself.' Don't forget it is split-second decisions but I think he has been around long enough". If the season so far is anything to go by, different tracks will suit different midfield teams resulting in some intense racing for the lower constructors' positions.

'They [Ferrari] are rapid at the moment, that is a challenge but we will give it everything we've got'.

"I'm not quite sure (how I see the championship situation) to be honest". He lamented the bad timing of the safety vehicle for the defeat.

"But in the race, we actually weren't too bad, which wasn't expected".

The third row will be made up of the two Red Bull cars, showing the dominance over the last several seasons of Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.

Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 15, 2018.

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