GPI 2016 Japanese Grand Prix - Page 118

FEATURE L ewis Hamilton put the brakes on a protest lodged by his Mercedes team against Red Bull teenager Max Vertappen for his defensive driving on the during the Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton wrote on Twitter, “There is no protest from myself. Just heard the team had but I told them it is not what we do. We are champions, we move on. End of!.” Verstappen once again found his driving the subject of discussion in the stewards office, aafter the Dutchman clashed with Hamilton while defending second place in a hard-fought duel between the pair in the closing stages of the race. The world champion tried to dive down the outside of the Red Bull at the final chicane in a last-gasp move on the penultimate lap. But Verstappen doggedly hung on for second place, rebuffing Hamilton’s attempt with a robust move that sent the Mercedes wide onto the run-off. The Briton complained about Verstappen’s driving on the radio, which Mercedes followed up with an official protest to the stewards after the race. “Already the laps before he was closing quite a bit,” said Verstappen. “But I saw already out of turn 14 he had a good exit so yeah, I was using a bit of energy and I defended into the last chicane.”