Verstappen responds to Hamilton "dickhead" gibe

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Verstappen has endured a frustrating start to the 2018 campaign, spinning out of contention at the season-opening Australian GP before crashing out of qualifying in Bahrain - an error that meant he started the race down in 15th.

"He [Verstappen] should have finished a decent race, because he's good enough".

Hamilton was heard calling the Red Bull driver a "d***head" during a private conversation, picked up by microphones in the drivers' room, shortly before the podium ceremonies. "I don't know what Lewis did, we've all been in that situation".

"China has been a good track for me in the past, so I really hope to climb the ladder and get back to where we have been working towards being in the last two races".

"I am 17 points down already after just two races".

Hamilton also insisted the Dutchman, who he has tipped for multiple world titles in the past, was making too many mistakes. "But as youngsters we do not always make the right decisions".

"If you are just out of the auto, you are still full of adrenaline".

"It's a human reaction, and sometimes I feel it's all a bit blown up and artificial if we have these questions trying to make something out of nothing".

Manu Bhaker, Punam Yadav win gold at CWG 2018
England's Sarah Davies took silver with 217 kg, while Apolonia Vaivai (216 kg) got bronze. Punam lifted 98 kg in her second attempt but Vaivai maintained the lead with 100 kg.

"Can I answer that?" he said.

But Hamilton said a more experienced driver would have brought the vehicle home.

"From Max's position Lewis should have conceded the corner, given up, and from Lewis's position he's saying Max gave him no room to work with".

Hamilton, who stressed at the start of the weekend the battle at the front was closer than it appeared in Melbourne, reiterated Mercedes had a serious challenge on their hands.

"'Ultimately, I had a coming together with Max and it was an unnecessary collision", said Hamilton. We would prefer we didn't have the gearbox issue that we had this weekend, but I was really happy with my race pace.

"And then I'm not sure how it was for Valtteri [in Bahrain], I think it was not ideal for him either".

"It was hard racing", said the Red Bull boss.

The defending champion, who will fulfil sponsorship commitments on Tuesday and Wednesday, was victorious in China past year and will be desperate to get his title charge back on track following two winless rubbers.