Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took his second win of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday to increase his lead in the championship over Hamilton to 17-points and the Mercedes driver is aware he can not fall further behind despite the Briton having overturned a 25-point deficit on his way to the title in 2017.
"It is interesting to hear Christian has said that because they have a auto which should be getting good results, but through inexperience, or not mature decisions, they are not", Hamilton said.
"It may switch race to race but I can tell you it's going to be a bloody close championship".
In the post-race press conference, Dutch journalist Louis Dekker asked Hamilton about his intentions behind the comment.
Of the collision, he said: "I realised I had to back out, but he continued to come across and that didn't leave me any room. Often when the vehicle outside is running out of road, if you look at it I was ahead for quite a period of time, and then I accepted defeat, and I just I backed out, because I knew he was going to try to run me wide, maybe", he said. So we ended up touching.
"I'm happy. Congratulations to Sebastian [Vettel], and Valtteri did an exceptional job this weekend", Hamilton said. I had a really good start, but I didn't capitalise on it. "I've lost two races now".
"I can't afford to lose any more points to Sebastian", conceded Hamilton, who is already 17 points behind the Ferrari driver.
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"Hopefully, when we go to China for the next race, we will have a better understanding of the tyres and put up a better fight against Ferrari". There needs to be a certain respect between drivers. "It didn't feel like a respectful manoeuvre".
Verstappen, who retired with a broken differential, insisted Hamilton was to blame.
"So I don't think it's justified to give us these kind of shit questions and making up a story out of nothing, if we are just racing and we are full of adrenalin and sometime we say these things".
"I'll get to it and if I can overtake, I'll overtake. There was no need to push by".
Hamilton has said that he doubts he could have won in Bahrain after being held up in traffic over the opening laps but he was frustrated that the team had not established a protocol with which he was comfortable.
Verstappen pitted but was forced to retire soon after, and while the Dutchman thinks the stewards should look at Hamilton's conduct for not leaving him enough room, Hamilton had his own opinions.