Sebastian Vettel has warned Max Verstappen to ‘stick to his line’ after the pair came perilously close to a crash in an almighty scrap at Silverstone.

Verstappen, who lined up fourth, found a way past Vettel at the start but soon came under attack from the championship leader.

The Dutchman defended fiercely, refusing to allow the Ferrari by as Vettel attempted a lunge at Stowe corner and looked to force a way past at the final chicane.

The German would then execute the undercut to take third before a tyre failure at the death saw him fall to seventh.

Vettel, who has clashed with Verstappen on track in the past, felt the Dutchman was pushing his luck.

“We know he is a bit jumpy,” Vettel said of their latest duel. “He is trying to defend as hard as possible and at some point you need to stick to your line.

“I am sure he will calm down, it is not that many races he has done.

“I wanted to get past, I think I had a chance before that and then Turn 15 turned out to be very wide which didn’t help me but in the end we got him at the pit-stop, we just lost a lot of time in the first stint.”

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Verstappen, who accused his rival of playing “bumper cars” over team radio, shrugged off any criticism and was satisfied with his defence.

“I knew I was quite a bit slower than him but I just tried to stay in front with every possible thing I could do,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.

“Luckily he didn’t pass me on track so I’m very happy about that.”