Verstappen picked up a puncture and was then forced to retire due to damage sustained in the coming together.
Red Bull Formula One driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands attends a press conference at the Shanghai International Circuit ahead of the Chinese F1 Grand Prix.
And respect was again Hamilton's buzzword as he revealed that he had shaken hands with Verstappen in a bid to lead by example among the grid.
Steiner made clear that mechanics should not be put in danger, but does not want the FIA to impose sudden and sweeping changes. It is easy to get ahead of yourself and forget to respect the other guys that you are racing against.
Williams struggled in Australia and Bahrain's warm conditions so a cooler weekend in China could be exactly what is needed for them to snatch their first points of the year.
"Ferrari are really performing well - and both Kimi [Raikkonen] and Sebastian are performing really well - so l think it's a tougher season than last year". Last season he led the race from start to finish and took the chequered flag for his fifth win in Shanghai.
"If you listen to my radio over the years, I don't like to have a ton - but there are still times when you need more".
In hot weather the Ferrari has the edge on the Mercedes, at least in qualifying. "Hopefully, that sign of respect shows a lot and helps you turn the page and move forwards".
"Imagine you're in a scenario where your senses are heightened, your emotions are running crazy, and you're infuriated but yet you're excited with an adrenaline rush and someone sticks a mic in your face". Of course, if Hamilton's career as a designer takes off, there could be room for both.
Mr. Vettel is also very good on the Chinese track, and Ferrari brings its A-Game to race #1.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have spoken and shook hands following their incident at the Bahrain Grand Prix. There is a sense that Hamilton too should be able to overtake his fierce rival before the season is out.
Vettel's perfect start to the season still hasn't been enough for bookmakers to install him as favourite in China with Hamilton at 10/11 to take a sixth win in Shanghai.
It was the ultimate lesson that in sport, only the result matters.
"It was so close in the end, it's a shame I couldn't win". You have to really attack the lap, rather than being smooth, and use the kerbs.
"But if you don't know what you're fighting for, then it's difficult to keep driving around".