Verstappen said there was room for both cars in the turn but Hamilton sharply criticised the rival in the post-race news conference.
Lewis Hamilton has continued his row with Max Verstappen and taken another shot at the Dutch driver by declaring that his immaturity on track is costing Red Bull Racing valuable points in the Formula 1 Drivers' and Constructors' Championship.
Verstappen, 20, is the rising star of F1, already the victor of three races and a driver Hamilton rates as a future champion, but the Mercedes driver was critical of how the Dutchman drove at Sakhir on Sunday. "Often when the vehicle outside is running out of road, if you look at it I was ahead for quite a period of time, and then I accepted defeat, and I just I backed out, because I knew he was going to try to run me wide, maybe", he said.
"I'm happy. Congratulations to Sebastian [Vettel], and Valtteri did an exceptional job this weekend", Hamilton said. I need to watch it again, but it didn't feel like a respectful move.
"It was a silly manoeuvre for himself, because he didn't finish the race". "Lewis was trying to go around the outside but at one point I was ahead".
Verstappen believes that if the roles were reversed, Hamilton would not have been happy in his position. "I don't know what the **** I'm doing out here", he went on.
"We're going to sit down and discuss it and try to work on the points and improve, and I have no doubt we will".
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"I think Lewis still had enough space on the left but I got a touch on the left rear and it destroyed my diffuser".
Verstappen's team boss Christian Horner insisted that it was was an incident behind two hard racers, and that's what TV viewers wanted to see.
"If you look at it, I was actually ahead for quite a period of time", Hamilton later told reporters after having gone through replays of the incident. But the four-time world champion, who saw the video after the race, clearly laid the blame on the Red Bull driver, and his view was shared by former racers and the television experts covering the race.
Hamilton, speaking in a late-night media briefing before departing for this weekend's Chinese GP, added: "I think to myself if Fernando [Alonso]'s in that vehicle today he would have finished a decent race and got points for Red Bull".
"It was an unnecessary collision". The defending champion ended third at the F1 Bahrain GP.
Ferrari's strategy of only a one-stop race caught out Mercedes, which anticipated Vettel coming in for a second tire change.