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Formula One fans are furious with Max Verstappen's antics at the Chinese Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo could not have been more deserving of his victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Australian was visibly emotional on the podium after his impressive display saw him surpass Finnish pair Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, who finished second and third respectively.

Ricciardo had been composed and looked in control for much of the latter part of the race.

The same cannot be said, however, of his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen.

The 20-year-old came in for heavy criticism after causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel at the hairpin, just the latest in a string of controversial moments he has been involved in.

Afterwards, Vettel admitted that they were "both lucky" in that the crash could have had an even bigger effect on their chances. As it was, while he had been in a good position, the Ferrari man ended up in eighth.

Verstappen finished fourth but because he was penalised ten seconds for the incident, Lewis Hamilton ultimately took his place in the standings.

The footage of the collision is below:

Verstappen really needs to learn to pick his moments better.

Plenty of F1 fans are already growing exasperated with his carelessness - he may be young, but he needs to take much more care.

F1 fans weren't happy 

While speaking to Sky Sports after the GP, Verstappen was told that many fans feel he now needs to calm his driving down. He responded:

"It's easy to comment just at the moment it's not going the way I like, of course, but it doesn't mean I have to calm down, it's just very unfortunate those things happening.

"I just need to analyse everything and try to come back stronger for the best race.

What was Verstappen doing? 

"I tried to brake late into the corner and locked the rears a bit and hit him, so that was, of course, my fault.

"It's not what you want and it's easy to say afterwards I should have waited, that probably would have been the best idea, but unfortunately it happened."

F1 Grand Prix of China - Practice

When asked if his discussion with Vettel afterwards was amicable, he added:

"Of course, I think we have all been in that position, in that situation, so I think as drivers we can talk about this."

Even if Vettel took it well, he must have been incredibly frustrated deep down, particularly as he came off much worse.

Was it unfair that Verstappen's penalty benefited Vettel's rival, Hamilton? Have your say in the comments. 

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