Lewis Hamilton has accused Max Verstappen of “testing him for a breakup” as the two clashed in the penultimate Grand Prix of the F1 season in Jeddah.
Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff threw his headphones to the ground in reaction to the Dutchman’s move, which saw him block a potential pass for the Briton.
Verstappen was ordered to give back the place to Hamilton, but the pair then collided as the championship leader slowed down ahead of their rivals.
Red Bull argued that they were trying to surrender the place, but Mercedes apparently didn’t realize it, hence the minor crash.
Shortly after the incident, Hamilton: “He just tested me under braking. I just hit him, man, the wing is broken.
“He tested me on the brakes. I didn’t know what was going on. It was just dangerous driving.
“This guy is fucking crazy.”
Wolff fumed in the pit lane and eventually Verstappen relinquished the position with Hamilton taking the lead on lap 42.
Moments later, Hamilton passed his rival to once again regain the lead in what was an extremely dramatic race.
The Briton went on to win the Grand Prix, which was held for the first time in Jeddah.
With one race to go, Hamilton and Verstappen are now sensationally tied on points heading into the final race of next season.