Lewis Hamilton took the win after a number of incidents with Verstappen which saw both drivers complaining over the radio about their rival’s team for the title.
The most notable incidents occurred during fights between the two pilots. Verstappen ran Hamilton twice at Turn 1, and was asked to surrender position each time. He was fined five seconds for gaining the advantage off the track.
Verstappen slowed down to allow Hamilton to pass at some point, only for the Mercedes to hit the rear of his Red Bull, leaving Hamilton’s front wing with damage. Stewards must investigate the incident after the race.
Red Bull were also unhappy that Hamilton was more than 10 car lengths of Verstappen en route to the grid on the first red flag restart, while believing that Verstappen was forced to pull out on the final corner, which allowed Hamilton to regain the lead.
Red Bull adviser Marko called it an “extraordinary race” but said Red Bull was “not happy and we don’t accept decisions”.
“Our engineers are getting ready to prove Max was consistent with his braking, he didn’t do a brake test like Hamilton said,” Marko told Autosport in Jeddah after the race.
“Then he hit our car, unfortunately he cut the rear tire twice. It was so bad that we couldn’t attack anymore. We had to pick up speed.
“It was the only thing. Next thing was on the second start, Hamilton had over 10 [car] lengths behind. [Sebastian] Vettel was penalized in Budapest when he did. But with this maneuver, he [Hamilton] prepared his tire better for the start.
“Then he pushed Max, no reaction. We therefore believe that we are not treated in the same way.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1st position, in Parc Fermé
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Hamilton was called up for two incidents in Saturday’s final practice, but stewards took no major action, issuing only a reprimand for obstruction. “It’s a very one-sided decision making here,” Marko said.
Verstappen and Hamilton will now head to the season finale in Abu Dhabi on points with Verstappen ahead of race wins.
Hamilton said Verstappen was “over the limit” in his driving approach, but Marko saw no need for the Red Bull driver to make any changes towards Abu Dhabi.
“I don’t think there is any reason for him to calm down,” Marko said.
“This is the match between Mercedes and Red Bull, and the match between Max and [Lewis].
“And just remember what happened at Silverstone, what happened in Budapest. Do not forget it.