Lewis Hamilton rejected Max Verstappen’s suggestion that an unwritten rule exists between drivers that governs on-track behavior during out laps in qualifying.
The Red Bull charger took aim at Sebastian Vettel and both Renault’s drivers after Saturday’s shootout session in Shanghai, accusing the group of ruining an attempt at a last-ditch effort in the closing stages of qualifying by overtaking before the end of his out lap.
“So they f****d up my entire build up, while there is an unwritten rule that you just follow each other,” an angry Verstappen told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport when all was said and done.
Hamilton responded on social media to the Red Bull drivers “unwritten rule” claim with a laconic “Nope”.
Daniel Ricciardo, who was among those that overtook Verstappen at the end of Q3, argued…