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Lewis Hamilton reveals what he said to Sebastian Vettel after collision at Azerbaijan GP

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As another Formula 1 season rapidly approaches its conclusion, one race that will certainly not be forgotten is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was victorious back in July, however, it will be remembered for other reasons after three safety car periods, one red flag and a series of notable incidents all contributed to a fascinating contest.

Most notably, it was the race which saw title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton clash behind the safety car.

It was one of the most controversial moments of the entire season and as it turns out, not an incident Hamilton was too happy with either.

The recently crowned world champion has revealed that he actually Vettel not to 'disrespect him' after the pair's confrontation.

Ferrari's Vettel crashed into Hamilton twice and was awarded a 10-second stop-and-go penalty after his antics on lap 20, the 29-year-old rammed into the back of Hamilton's vehicle and then gesticulated furiously driving alongside him before crashing into the side of his Mercedes.

Despite officials deeming Vettel's actions to be dangerous, the German extended his lead at the top of the F1 rankings at the time to 14 points. 

"When I spoke to him later, I was like 'that's a sign of disrespect, so don't ever disrespect me like that again otherwise then we will have problems'," the four-time champion Hamilton told Motorsport's The Flying Lap.

"I've never done that to someone. I don't even know what he was thinking to have done... I've never been in a position like that. I guess people react differently under certain pressures."

The 32-year-old Briton secured his fourth world championship at the Mexico GP in October, Vettel was leading the standings for the majority of the season before Hamilton overtook the German and consolidated his lead with three consecutive GP wins in Belgium, Italy and Singapore.

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"I think there's different ways in which you can handle things," said Hamilton.

"I knew what I was there to do and I wasn't going to let anything distract me from doing that. I wasn't going to let myself say something or react in a way that's going to cause some negative swirl which is going to steer me off course from my ultimate goal.

"And naturally, with the experience you learn to just compartmentalise all those different things."

The last race of the season awaits in a week's time in Abu Dhabi from 24-26 November.

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