Hamilton changes view on Verstappen move in Brazil

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Lewis Hamilton was initially detached in Brazil from the steward's decision not to punish Max Verstappen for his move against the Mercedes driver, but the Briton has since revised somewhat his view on the incident.

Hamilton showed little interest in the stewards' call after last Sunday's race, insisting the scrap with his arch-rival was "what a world championship battle should look like".

But following his Mercedes team's decision to request a review of the controversial on-track scrap, Hamilton appeared to adopt a more critical stance on Verstappen's move.

"I think the reason at the time I would say [what I said] is that’s the mentality you have to take," Hamilton told the media in Qatar.

"If you sit in the car at the moment and complain it will only hold you back, so in the moment I just had to keep moving forwards and also it’s difficult to judge on something that you’ve not seen all the angles.

"I re-looked at it and I have a different viewpoint naturally now, but I’m just putting all my energy into setting up the car and making sure that I’m in the right headspace this weekend, so I’ve not really given anything to it."

Hamilton wouldn't elaborate on his view of the incident, and ultimately didn't say whether he believed that Verstappen should have been penalized.

"Honestly, it’s not something I want to dive too much more into," he said; "I’ve not looked at all…

"I’ve seen the onboard footage for example that came out but as I said last race I was just trying to focus on the fact that we did something that was quite remarkable, so unexpected, so I’m trying not to focus on any negatives.

"The team I know are in discussion at this point, so I’ll leave them to it."

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