Lewis Hamilton reveals Verstappen was the only one to defend Vettel after Russia GP incident

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Freshly crowned five-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has given an intriguing glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of driver briefings and his rivalry with Sebastian Vettel. 

The British driver was speaking to the BBC after sealing another world championship win in Mexico and gave a review of review his season so far, pinpointing the moments that swung the championship in his favour.

Hamilton paints a positive picture of a season in which he has been at his opportunistic best, seizing the moments when Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel have dropped the ball allowing the Brit to surpass them.

Vettel and Hamilton have locked horns in a largely acrimonious battle which has seen a clash of personalities and styles which Hamilton was keen to address, suggesting that the German often pushed the boundaries in seeking an advantage.

Speaking of their jousting in Russia, Hamilton has confirmed he was not happy with the Ferrari man's driving, suggesting that Vettel made an illegal second move when defending going into the first corner.

During the incident, Vettel appeared to move to his right to defend, stop, and then move again, squeezing Hamilton towards the wall on the inside, and forcing him to brake to back out of the overtake.

Hamilton has revealed that he brought up the incident in the drivers' briefing with FIA director Charlie Whiting before the next race in Japan and one driver was keen to jump to Vettel's defence.

Hamilton told BBC Sport "It wasn't really an argument. It was a different opinion about how you see and interpret the rule book.'

"You ask things to Charlie and he says one thing but it means another sometimes. So I said, 'Charlie, are you allowed two moves under braking? Is it one move or two moves? The rules say one but that was a two-move thing and you look at the footage and in my eyes that's two moves.'

"Charlie said, 'Yeah but if you look from the front, it looks like he turns and then slows down and then keeps going, so it's still one move.'

"So I'm like, 'OK, in the future, if I move, as long as I keep a bit of angle on the car, it's still one move then I'm going to be fine? But it's actually two.' I'm saying, 'You're setting a precedent.'

"I asked all the drivers, 'What do you think?' And there was only one driver really that looked at it and saw two moves but said it was OK, and that was Max. Because he does two moves!'


"So, I was laughing and saying 'Max, you're the one that started this whole two-move thing. You're the king of the double move.' It's just trying to understand it."

It's probably no surprise to many that Verstappen was the only one to oppose the newly crowned champ given he is considered one of the most aggressive - and occasionally reckless - drivers on the grid.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if the 'king of the double move' nickname sticks as we approach the final few races of 2018.

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