Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Lewis Hamilton wants Sebastian Vettel face to face after Azerbaijan incident


The gloves are off between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, and Formula One is already the victor.

"I hope as we are gaining in competitiveness that we can - I think we are too far out of contention to compete for the championship - but I think we're gaining performance and speed to be able to compete for race wins, as we get more performance on the vehicle".

Vettel ultimately finished fourth, with Hamilton fifth after an extra pitstop to fix a loose headrest dropped him down the field from the lead.

Stroll thereby claimed his first podium finish after unlikely setbacks had hit fourth-placed world championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and three-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. I want to win this championship the right way. I honestly would never have thought that would happen today, but we as a team can only look at that as a positive for us.

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The stewards sided with Hamilton as they slapped Vettel with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty, and latterly three points on his licence for risky driving. "It's not deserving of that reaction from someone you have respect for", Hamilton said.

"All I'm thinking is "get my head together". If I'm struggling, people at the back struggling even more, so I don't think it was necessary.

At that stage, Hamilton led the street race after making a clean start from the pole position and was slowed down by the safety auto ahead of him and in attempts at avoiding crashing into the safety vehicle, the British driver slowed down at the turn.

When the race finally did start again - on lap 20 - Vettel just about held off the Williams cars of Felipe Massa and Stroll. The problem is me right behind getting ready and all the other cars. "I didn't run into the back of him on goal. But we must be capable, once the race is done, to have a beer like rugby players and acknowledge someone's performance". We are racing with men.

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Ricciardo rose to fourth in the drivers' championship with his Baku win, but is still 61 points off Vettel. They bring Vettel's tally in the last 12 months to nine and means another such sanction in Austria in two weeks' time would trigger an automatic race ban for the following round at Silverstone. In Spain last May, Hamilton had spoken about how enjoyable it was to be battling a rival who was not a team mate - his main opponent for the past three seasons - and the admiration he felt for Vettel's speed and consistency.

"They are warriors. They are at war at that moment".

"They've seen today how a four-time champion behaves and I think, hopefully, that doesn't ripple into the younger categories".

"At a certain stage, the best ones that compete for the world championship in that phase of their careers can't be friends".

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Stewart wants to see a regular position for an ex-driver from an era closer resembling that of today's racing.

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