Max Verstappen was incredible close to win the first race of the F1 season in Bahrain GP but had to let Lewis Hamilton pass with only a few laps left of the race. The Dutchman was fast chasing down the Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton who was in the lead in the last part of the race. The Redbull car with fresher Tyres kept on getting closer and closer and with three laps to go the Mercedes was disadvantaged by a backmarker as they headed towards Turn Four.
Verstappen overtook Hamilton on the outside of the corner, off the track, and the RedBull team instantly told their driver to cede his position which max also did on the next straight.
The following two laps, Verstappen was chasing again but with no luck and Lewis Hamilton could win the first GP of the year.
Immediately after the race, Verstappen spoke on the team radio, clearly agitated, asking his team why they could not wait fo the 5 second time penalty instead or handing the place back to Lewis.
-"Why didn't you let me go? I could have easily pulled those five seconds [for a penalty instead]," suggested Verstappen.
-"I prefer to lose a win like that than be second like this."
Christian Horner, Red Bull boss made it clear that Race Control had told the Red Bull team to hand back the position on the track as this is the rule.
Christian Horner said:
-"Once you have got that instruction, you've got to move out the way," said Horner. --"He did that. It was fair racing and it was tough racing."
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