The gloves are off between Hamilton and Vettel

Solenn Plantier
Июня 26, 2017

Hamilton, who was leading after making a clean start from the 66th pole position of his career, had initially slowed to avoid the slow-moving safety auto ahead of him, an action that may have caused Vettel to drive into the rear of his Mercedes.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won what will be regarded as a race for the ages following three safety auto periods, one red flag and a series of notable incidents. After the initial collision, the German gesticulated angrily with both hands as he then pulled alongside his rival and hit the side of Hamilton's auto.

Neither championship leader Vettel nor second place Hamilton managed a podium finish with Daniel Ricciardo clinching his first win of the season ahead of Valtteri Bottas and 18-year-old Lance Stroll in second and third respectively.

Vettel believed that the British driver had deliberately brake-tested him during one of three safety auto periods.

"For him to pretty much get away with driving into another driver is a disgrace", Hamilton, 32, said.

"Nobody can criticise the stewards because they are what they are, like a referee. but they could have done more, certainly because I think it's the worst you can do".

There are 12 more rounds to go in the 2017 F1 season.

After the race, Hamilton expressed his frustration as he accused Vettel of risky driving while the German defended himself and claimed the Brit had deliberately slowed down before the pair first made contact following a corner.

Vettel has since stated that he would be willing to talk to Hamilton about the incident once the dust had settled.

"Like we've seen in the past, you have the visor down and you have your own perception of events so I guess the only explanation I have - and I'm not going to protect Sebastian here - is that Sebastian thought Lewis was brake-testing him, which he wasn't". I'm sure he didn't do it on goal but I'm struggling.

"I think it was very clear". "On the cool-down lap, I was just giggling like a schoolboy". Frustrated, the German then berated the Mercedes driver before pulling up alongside him and appearing to intentionally ram into him from the right hand side.

"I didn't brake check him", said Hamilton. Vettel said to Sky Sports.

"I got damage, he risked damage", added the German.

Hamilton had been dominating the race before his headrest came loose, after also taking pole position, and the need to pit dropped him to ninth, before he fought back to fifth.

Vettel leads the overall standings on 153 points ahead of Briton Hamilton on 139 and Finland's Bottas with 111. "There are kids watching us on TV and to see a multiple world champion... you'd think he would behave better than that".

"I want to keep going", he said.

"All I'm thinking of is, get my head together".

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