The Red Bull driver refuted suggestions that it was a mistake to try overtake Hamilton at that point, saying he needed to start making up ground after his P15 grid position as Red Bull had pace.
Verstappen and Hamilton made contact in the early part of the race after the Red Bull driver ran wide, squeezing his rival.
But to the surprise of the journalist, Vettel jumped to Hamilton's rescue asking if he could answer the question.
"I have to re-watch it to be honest, because in the heat of the moment I only have one picture in my mind", the Briton said. "It's not fair", said the German, who has had run-ins with Verstappen. "I don't know what the **** I'm doing out here", he went on.
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Germany then took a 2-1 lead when Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff won the doubles rubber against Feliciano and Marc Lopez. Spain ended the first day of their quarter-final tie against Germany 1-1 in Valencia.
"We've all been in that situation, we fight someone, we go sometimes wheel-to-wheel, it's close and you have a lot of adrenalin going".
"Do you think, if you compare it to football, if you have a microphone on a footballer's mouth that everything he says is something nice, and it's a nice message when the guy tackles him and sometimes he fouls him?" the Bahrain GP victor added.
"China has been a good track for me in the past, so I really hope to climb the ladder and get back to where we have been working towards being in the last two races". "Often when the auto 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.
"I realised I had to back out, but he continued to come across, and that didn't leave me any room, so we ended up touching".
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"I can't afford to lose any more points to Sebastian", conceded Hamilton, who is already 17 points behind the Ferrari driver. It was an unnecessary collision. I need to watch it again, but it didn't feel like a respectful move. "It was a silly manoeuvre from him because he didn't finish the race".
Hamilton admitted Bahrain was all about damage control having started from ninth place, and was happy with his final result - third place, which was aided by retirements for Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen.
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Lynn (shoulder) and Russell (hamstring) are recovering from injuries, while Narine remodelled his action after his latest pull-up. Lynn may also be skinny at [3.3] but he's the key wicket and could deliver the profit whether he ruins the match tip or not.