Max Verstappen was left frustrated after race control forced him to surrender his lead in the Bahrain Grand Prix to eventual winner Lewis Hamilton.
In a thrilling race, Hamilton was able to keep Verstappen at bay in the closing laps as the Dutchman stalked him on tyres 10 laps fresher.
Verstappen did get through with four laps remaining, but exceeded the track limits at turn four and was given orders from race control - via his Red Bull team - to allow Hamilton back through.
Despite his best efforts, he just could not get close enough in the DRS zone to pass Hamilton, allowing the seven-time world champion to take the chequered flag.
Verstappen had complained over team radio at the orders coming from his team, saying, "Why didn't you just let me go?
"I could have easily pulled [away] five seconds. I prefer to lose or win like that then be second like this."
Verstappen's suggestion was that he could have pulled a five-second gap to Hamilton and still won if he had been handed a penalty from the stewards.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner responded by saying: "It was an instruction from race control Max. But that was one hell of a drive you put out there."
After the race, Verstappen said: "It was a shame. You also have to see the positive, we are really putting the fight to them [Mercedes] and that's great to start the year like that."
When asked about potential differential issues that were potentially causing him issues, he added: "I don't think it was completely solved the whole race, so we'll have to have a look at that, but we managed to finish the race and score good points."
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And if they had let him go Angie got penalized he would have been whining "why didn't you just tell me to give up the spot and let me pass him again."
my knock on Max from the very beginning has been his lack of patience. Lewis was brilliant. For fans that we're looking for a head-to-head fight between the two of them, you had it right there. Max reeled him in and Lewis put him in every bad spot possible and used Max's aggression against him so max overheats his rears and he couldn't get off the corners. I thought Max I've gotten over his whining but this is a return to it being everybody's fault but his. The way Lewis handled that corner was brilliant. He forced Max to outbreak himself but got his car turned so he couldn't be accused of not giving enough room. Again Max gets reminded that his determination and willpower cannot change the laws of physics. Max is a bully with a race car but you can't bully Sir Isaac Newton.
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