Hamilton’s charge halted by something in his eye (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton has been left frustrated after finishing today’s Monaco Grand Prix in second place, citing that something in his eye towards the end of the race scuppered his chances of catching race winner and teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton was fuming yesterday after missing out on pole position under controversial circumstances, and a good start from Rosberg meant that he trailed heading into the first round of pit stops. He vented his anger to the team over the radio after stopping, believing that he should have done so one lap earlier, but remained within two seconds of Rosberg.

However, with just over 20 laps to go, Hamilton’s pace dropped. The team asked him what the problem was, and he informed them that he couldn’t see much after getting some dirt or dust in his eye. Third placed Daniel Ricciardo was closing quickly, but Hamilton cried: “I don’t care about Ricciardo! I want to know the gap to Nico please.”

Ultimately, he finished just four-tenths of a second ahead of Ricciardo, and was clearly disappointed in the post-race interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Not only has the Briton’s winning streak come to an end, but he has also lost the lead of the drivers’ championship to his teammate.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”