Vettel says Hamilton deserved penalty

Solenn Plantier
Juin 26, 2017

"I'm lost for words", Stroll said.

Lance Stroll, an unheralded Belgian-Canadian racing driver, just secured his first ever podium finish in Formula One.

"A insane race, so much happening".

The stewards gave Vettel a 10-second stop/go penalty for "potentially dangerous" driving, and Hamilton said his rival "disgraced himself" with his actions. 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 vehicle.

"A 10-second penalty is not enough for driver behaviour like that", Hamilton said over the team radio.

For Hamilton, it looked as though the win was in his pocket, but his headrest - which sits above the cockpit - suddenly started to come loose.

The Australian, who was Ferrari driver Vettel's team-mate at Red Bull in 2014, won the race after dropping to 17th on lap six following a chaotic sequence of events, which included three safety vehicle deployments, multiple crashes and the sight of Hamilton having to give up the lead to fix a loose cockpit head-protection device.

Four-time title victor Vettel was punished with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty during the race following his actions and also hit with three points on his F1 licence. A Mercedes mechanic, armed with a screwdriver and pliers patched up the bodywork on the rear of his auto, and Hamilton was good to go for the re-start. "I had to overtake everyone", Bottas said.

Stroll is the first Canadian to finish on an F1 podium since Jacques Villeneuve finished third at the German Grand Prix in 2001. Stroll stayed on the inside of the track but was powerless to defend as Bottas just edged ahead to take second place by 0.1s at the flag.

But Bottas had to pit on the second lap for a new front wing, dropping to last, while Raikkonen complained of damage to the rear of his auto.

Force India's Sergio Perez jumped up to third, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen fourth ahead of Raikkonen.

With Bottas regaining a lap under the first Safety Car period, Hamilton went early on the restart and caught Vettel unawares to retain the lead.

Vettel claimed Hamilton had braked in front of him and he responded by driving into the back of his rival before then bumping the Briton from the side.

The result means Vettel extended his championship lead to 14 points with 12 races to go.

Shortly before that, Hamilton and Vettel were involved in an incident that threatens to sour their good relations.

When the race finally did start again - on lap 20 - Vettel just about held off the Williams cars of Felipe Massa and Stroll.

But Hamilton insist he occupies the high ground, both morally and in terms of his car's performance, going into the rest of the season.

Vettel is trying to pull away and win a fifth.

Daniel Ricciardo says he could never have imagined winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after a disappointing qualifying result and revelled in his victory following a "crazy race".

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