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Lewis Hamilton’s engineer taunts Max Verstappen with team radio message

Lewis Hamilton’s race engineer Pete Bonnington wasted no time in cracking a joke at the Briton’s F1 title rival Max Verstappen’s expense after Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying session. The Mercedes man started from the back of the grid after being disqualified from Friday’s qualifying session because of a technical rule infringement.

Verstappen had also been called to the stewards after footage emerged of the Dutchman appearing to inspect and touch the rear wing of Hamilton’s W12 – the part which was under scrutiny from officials.

The Red Bull ace was fined £42,681 (€50,000) for breaking sporting regulations, though he escaped any form of grid penalty.

After an incredible charge from last to fifth over 24 laps in Sprint Qualifying, Bonnington was quick to make sure Hamilton avoided getting into hot water with the FIA again this weekend.

“OK Lewis, just make sure you don’t touch any other cars or check them out in any way,” was his message to the seven-time world champion – a clear reference to what Verstappen had been penalised for.

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