Hamilton defends Vettel as Verstappen takes a dig

Le Castellet, France- Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has defended title rival Sebastian Vettel against charges of being prone to costly mistakes.

The Ferrari driver collided with Briton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, the error helped Lewis Hamilton to win the French Grand Prix.

Hamilton who now leads the driver standings by 14 points said about the incident,  “I’m not really going to get into that,”

“I know what you’re saying but it is really a racing incident in turn one, and those things can happen. We’re all going into that first corner at great speeds.

“I don’t feel that he’s particularly made more mistakes,” added Hamilton, who won from pole position without putting a wheel wrong.

Hamilton is now has a record off 33 successive races in points.

He said, “We’re all on the edge, we’re fighting for the world championships, we’re not pootling around, we’re out there putting our lives on the line,”

“We’re out there putting the cars as far beyond the edge as we can in the safest manner. It’s not like a train track, you don’t just stay on the rails. Sometimes you can go off. We’re only human.”

However Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was unimpressed and said to reporters, “Honestly, it’s not acceptable. That’s what they said to me at the beginning of the season, so I think they should do the same,”

“And then, of course, Seb shouldn’t do anything and just drive again and learn from this and go on. That’s my advice to everyone in this room.”

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