Lewis Hamilton publicly slams Max Verstappen over “unwritten rule” fiasco during Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying

Lewis Hamilton narrowly missed out on pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix, but the Brit will be satisfied knowing he starts second and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas begins in pole. 

The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel came third in the end, but it may just have ended up a little bit different.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen looked set for one final flying lap in Q3 during qualifying, before he was left dazed by a number of cars overtaking him before he could get going a final time.

This led to a foul-mouthed tirade from the Dutchman who was clearly unhappy with what had transpired.

Verstappen made his feelings clear over the radio, and later said that it was an “unwritten rule” that drivers stay behind each other heading into the last sector.

While the youngster’s frustrations were perhaps understandable, defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton was having none of it, and gave a one-word reply that summed up his feelings towards Max and the alleged rule he spoke of.

Verstappen has been slammed by a section of F1 fans as well, who believe his tantrums are back on grid again.