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In the big season finale, Lewis Hamilton has snubbed any clear-the-air talks with his fierce title rival Max Verstappen.
Red Bull racer Verstappen, 24, claims Formula One stewards are treating him unfairly after blowing the 32-point lead he had amassed after the Austrian Grand Prix in July.
The Dutchman is seething after being hit with TWO time penalties along with a two-point penalty on his race licence following controversial incidents in last Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which Hamilton won.
But the British star does not want any driving discussions with the man he is battling against, despite the FIA threatening to deduct points for any “unsporting” behaviour on the track. Hamilton, 36, said: “For me it is quite clear, nothing changes for me. I don’t think we need to sit down.
“We have had lots of races, lots of incidents, but I’d like to think we’ve learnt from these things and move forward.”
Verstappen was slapped with a tensecond penalty AND a five-second one at the last race in Saudi Arabia.
The first was for causing the smash between the pair when Hamilton’s Mercedes slammed into the back of the Dutchman’s car.
Verstappen was also hit with a fiveplace grid drop at the Qatar GP last month for failing to slow for double-waved yellow warning flags.
Ironically, Hamilton was let off for the same offence in Jeddah last week and the Red Bull man insisted it is not fair.
Verstappen said: “Clearly things don’t apply for everyone because the things I did in terms of defending, two other guys also did and they didn’t get a mention or penalty.
“I don’t understand because I thought I was just racing hard.
“What happened for me clearly didn’t deserve any penalty.
“It is only me who gets it. Fighting at the front, people are a bit more critical, I guess, but for me I don’t understand.
“For me I was not wrong. Clearly, only I was wrong somehow. Like I said, other people do exactly the same thing and get nothing.
“Both of us [he and Hamilton] were off the track in to Turn One and somehow they judged that it was my fault. That I don’t agree with.
“Afterwards he pushes me off the track. He even looks at me!
“He doesn’t turn in, he just pushes me outside the white line and he only gets a warning for that.
“It’s not how it should be. It is not fair because it seems like other drivers can do different things and it seems like only I get a penalty.”