Warned Vettel over “disrespect” at Baku: Hamilton

After being hit by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton told the German not to ‘disrespect’ him again, the Briton revealed.

Speaking with Peter Windsor on Motorsport. tv’s The Flying Lap, for the first time in public, Hamilton divulged details of his private conversation with Vettel after the Baku event.

Hamilton said: “When I spoke to him later, I was like ‘that’s a sign of disrespect, so don’t ever disrespect me like that again otherwise then we will have problems’,”

“I’ve never done that to someone. I don’t even know what he was thinking to have done… I’ve never been in a position like that.

“I guess people react differently to certain pressures.”

Hamilton is known to keep his cool while driving and always attributes his success to his positive mentality. He admitted that his quiet reaction to the incident was primarily because he did not want to start a “negative swirl”.

“I think there’s different ways in which you can handle things,” said Hamilton.

“I knew what I was there to do, and I wasn’t going to let anything distract me from doing that.

“I wasn’t going to let myself say something or react in a way that’s going to cause some negative swirl which is going to steer me off course from my ultimate goal.

“And naturally, with the experience, you learn to just compartmentalise all those different things.”

Hamilton says that he was focused on the race and would not let anything like someone else’s anger distract him from his aim, which was to win the race.

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