Max Verstappen insists he ‘didn’t understand’ the decision to call a second red flag during the Australian Grand Prix… as the Red Bull star claims Lewis Hamilton BROKE the rules by ‘pushing him wide’ when overtaking him on the first lap

Max Verstappen hit out at the decision to issue a second red flag after Kevin Magnussen crashed during the Australian Grand Prix. Verstappen won a chaotic and at some times farcical race that saw eight cars withdrawn and three red flags. And Verstappen was heavily critical of the decision to call a red flag before the chaos, but insisted he was just relieved to have picked up another win. ‘The first red flag you can do it, but the second one I did not understand,’ he said post-race. Despite his dominance over recent years, that was Verstappen’s first win in Australia and Red Bull’s first victory at the circuit since 2011 with Sebastian Vettel. Verstappen began the race poorly as he was overtaken by George Russell and Lewis Hamilton on the first lap, before he bounced back and cruised into a mighty lead. ‘It’s great to win here, my first win here as well but I am very happy.’.

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