Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan GP; Vettel leads overall

Daniel Ricciardo's unexpected triumph contrasted starkly with Max Verstappen's latest early exit with mechanical problems as Red Bull pondered a day of mixed fortunes at Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The race was very chaotic and full of events, Ricciardo said at a press conference in Baku June 25.

Such a feat looked highly unlikely heading into the race as the Red Bull driver lined up from 10th on the grid following a crash in qualifying, and even more so when he was forced to pit on lap six to remove debris from his brakes in order to prevent overheating.

Daniel Ricciardo never thought he would win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after finding himself in 17th position after making an early stop when debris blocked one of his brake ducts. Bottas added that the 2016 Formula 1 in Baku was quiet, but it was full of surprises. All three are out of the race due to vehicle failures.

Despite Vettel's time penalty, Hamilton lost valuable time of his own - and possibly the race - changing a loose headrest.

The fact Ricciardo won from 10th on the grid, and that Bottas clawed his way back from last following an early incident, summed up a freakish race.

On the restart, the Force India's of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez collided, allowing Ricciardo to sneak into fifth for the second restart - from which he duly passed the Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Stroll to move into third.

Ricciardo, as he likes to do on the podium, took off one of his race shoes and filled it with Champagne.

"Stroll's first podium so he certainly deserves one.is he old enough to drink?"

The race started at 5 p.m. local time with track temperatures at 53 degrees Celsius (127 Fahrenheit). Bottas needs a front wing and tyres.

The 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) Baku street circuit, which glides through the city's medieval walls and passes the Caspian Sea, caused problems all weekend due to its long straights and tight, hard-braking corners.

Then came that incident with Vettel.

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

After almost catching the safety auto up on the first restart, Hamilton went to the other extreme the second time around, bunching the field right up. "I do my talking on the track".

  • Julie Sanders