Max Verstappen was furious with Lewis Hamilton once again after qualifying for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.
The Formula One pair have been engaged in a war of words since last weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, and they almost collided here in Q2.
Hamilton moved to his left to overtake the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat at Turn 19, with Verstappen then taking to the grass to avoid the Briton’s Mercedes.
The Dutchman vented his anger at Hamilton in a strongly-worded radio message.
“It is his f****** problem, this, what is happening,” said Verstappen. The stewards noted the accident, but took no further action.
Explaining the incident, Verstappen said: “We were all lining up to do our lap, and I had Daniil in front of me.
“We were slowing down to make space and Lewis drove by like nobody was there, and didn’t care. I was like ‘if you don’t care, neither do I’. Everyone was respecting each other and that is why it was such a close call.”
Hamilton said: “It was nothing. There are no rules that say you have to stay in single file. I kept going and he was trying to race me.”
Hamilton needs to finish only eighth to be certain of the title that will move him one above Juan Manuel Fangio and within striking range of Michael Schumacher’s record haul of seven.
But his hopes of securing the world championship in style suffered a setback in Austin after he qualified only fifth for Sunday’s race.
On his bid to seal title number six, he added: “I am not looking to pull out miracles tomorrow. But I will try to turn a negative into a positive that’s for sure.
“I didn’t pull the laps out today. The car had the capability to be on the front row. It is my fault but I will try and rectify it tomorrow.”
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