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Max Verstappen launches into tirade at Red Bull after handing Lewis Hamilton advantage

Chris Evans says Max Verstappen needs to 'be a bit nicer'

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Max Verstappen has launched an angry attack on his Red Bull mechanics after he lost position to Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen pitted form the lead of the race and expected to come out in second place to chase down Carlos Sainz. 

However, Verstappen came out just behind the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton who squeezed him on the exit of turn two. Hamilton got through into second place but could only hold off the Dutchman for one lap before Verstappen passed with DRS. 

But, this didn’t stop the Red Bull driver launching a meltdown over team radio as he attacked the team’s call.

Verstappen said: “‘Why didn’t you make sure that I ended up in front of him?’ His race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase appeared to swipe back at the reigning champion, adding: “You just didn’t have the pace.”

Verstappen appeared to have the race under control, taking a dominant lead in the early stages of the Grand Prix. However, the team decided to opt for a two-stop strategy after pitting during an early VSC period for Sergio Perez’s mechanical failure.

The Dutchman also lost out after a crash for Yuki Tsunoda brought out a full safety car, allowing Carlos Sainz to get a free pitstop in a bid to put him under pressure in the closing stages

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