Max Verstappen's reaction on team radio to early Lewis Hamilton overtake

F1 Grand Prix of China - Qualifying

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton took a swipe at Max Verstappen last week following their collision at the Bahrain Grand Prix - and it is obvious that the Dutchman was none too happy with Hamilton's comments given his reaction to overtaking the Brit in the opening stages of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

"See you f****** later," the 20-year-old Red Bull driver exclaimed over his radio shortly after he passed Hamilton to find himself in third position in the race.

His team were somewhat more measured in their response, reminding Verstappen not to "get greedy" and encouraging their driver to "settle down".

Unfortunately, Verstappen failed to heed his team's warning - once again causing an on-track incident.

However, on this occasion, Verstappen's reckless racing style actually benefited rival Hamilton. 

On lap 44 of the race, Verstappen aggressively attempted to overtake Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, but clipped the rear of Vettel's car at the hairpin. Both men spun and lost valuable positions.

Verstappen, who was clearly at fault for the incident, was slapped with a 10-second penalty by race officials.

Although Verstappen was able to recover to cross the line one place ahead of Hamilton in fourth, the 10-second sanction ultimately meant that the controversial Dutchman was demoted to fifth place - with Hamilton being awarded a fourth place finish.

The clash with Verstappen cost Vettel all chance in the race. His Ferrari clearly sustained significant damage as a result of the collision - and he was forced to nurse his car to the end of the race, eventually securing an eighth place finish.

Hamilton has once again struggled in China this weekend, qualifying only fourth - behind both Ferrari drivers. 

The Brit had been prepared for a tough weekend, stating that he felt Ferrari would be difficult to beat on a circuit with such long straights given the power of their engine.

The 33-year-old also struggled to hold his position several times during the race itself - and should perhaps be relieved that Vettel's mid-race issues allowed him to reduce the deficit between the pair at the top of the Drivers' Championship 11 points this weekend.

However, whilst Hamilton will be hoping that both his and Mercedes fortunes improve going forward, Max Verstappen and Red Bull might just settle for a weekend where he makes headlines for the right reasons.

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