Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Ricciardo Wins Baku GP, Hamilton's Shameful Move On Vettel

Sebastian Vettel ultimately finished fourth, Lewis Hamilton fifth, while Red Bull's Daniel Riccardo was the one that won the race.

Lewis Hamilton came out all guns blazing post-race in defence of his driving under safety vehicle conditions, following a collision with championship leader Sebastian Vettel at low speed during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Ferrari star Vettel was handed a 10-seconds stop-go penalty during the race for "dangerous driving" after he deliberately drove into Hamilton's Mercedes while both were following the safety vehicle.

Ricciardo won what will be regarded as a race for the ages following three safety vehicle periods, one red flag and a series of notable incidents.

Ferrari's Vettel was hit with a ten-second stop-go penalty, which saw him drop from second to ninth after he steered into race leader Hamilton under safety auto conditions after a red-flag stoppage.

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Vettel then drew alongside Hamilton and made further contact with the Mercedes, for which he was given a 10-second stop/go penalty for "potentially dangerous" driving.

Valtteri Bottas was involved in a second-corner collision with Kimi Raikkonen on lap one, but fought back from dead last to pip Stroll to second on the line and limit the damage for Mercedes - Stroll having the consolation of a becoming the youngest rookie to secure a podium finish.

As the safety vehicle prepared to pull in ahead of one of three restarts at the Baku City Circuit, Vettel drove into the back of Hamilton's Mercedes, causing damage to both cars. I'll do that just with him and clear it and move on.

"If I get a penalty then we should both get a penalty", the German driver said.

Niki Lauda - the non-executive chairman at Hamilton's Mercedes team and a three-time world champion - described Vettel's actions on lap 19 as "crazy", before agreeing that the apparent moment of madness had tainted the German's reputation. Driving dangerously in any way can put another driver at risk.

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Vettel had rear-ended the Mercedes driver at Turn 15, which led to the Ferrari driver seeing red. He s done something similar in China at the restart a couple of years ago so it s not the way to do it, I think.

For sure he did not do it on objective. 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. "I think he disgraced himself today", the Briton told Channel 4.

"If he wants to prove he's a man, we should do it out of the auto face-to-face". If one of us gets a penalty, we both do. "I damaged my wing; he had a little damage as well". No question. But to drive next to him and hit him on objective, I have never seen anything like this.

Vettel said he planned to phone Hamilton before the July 9 race.

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