F1 news: Sebastian Vettel blasts Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo FUMES, Mercedes worry

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Vettel blasts Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel blasted Lewis Hamilton for taking his foot off the gas during the Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton started the race on pole position but was overtaken by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the opening corner.

The Finn then maintained his lead for remaining 58 laps to secure his first win since Abu Dhabi in 2017.

But for Hamilton, questions were raised as to why he finished 21 seconds behind his team-mate, despite being in a similar car.

And Vettel, who was beaten to third place by Max Verstappen, thinks Hamilton stopped trying his best after losing his pole.

“I don’t know what Lewis was doing,” said Vettel.

“I think he was probably bored and not happy because he lost the start.

“I think it’s not the first race where he’s doing something just to go round, he was just playing at that point.”

Ricciardo fumes

Daniel Ricciardo got off to a nightmare start to the F1 season as he was forced to retire on his debut for Renault at the Australian Grand Prix and he then told a reporter to “shut the f*** up.”

Ricciardo was trying to explain why he was forced to retire in an interview with Ziggo Sport before he stopped to blast another reporter.

“I didn’t intend to go on the grass in the first place but I had a better start than [Sergio] Perez… erm.. I can’t concentrate she’s talking too loud,” he said, before turning to the BBC 5 Live broadcaster.

“Shut the f*** up.”

Mercedes statement

Lewis Hamilton finished second at the Australian Grand Prix and Mercedes have released a statement revealing why he was well off the pace.

Valtteri Bottas was 21 seconds ahead of his team-mate but the Silver Arrows confirmed Hamilton suffered damage to his car.

“UPDATE: We have discovered damage to Lewis’ floor in the area just in front of the left-rear tyre,” Mercedes tweeted.

“There is a chunk of the floor missing, but we are not 100 per cent sure why yet.”

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