Bottas gives everything in Baku fightback from a lap down to P2
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 6:44
When Hamilton came back out again, he found himself behind Vettel and several others. If I am struggling then people at the back are struggling even more.
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 vehicle.
Vettel was also hit with a 10-second penalty for deliberately shunting Hamilton when coming into the pits following that flag on lap 22 after several collisions saw the track littered with debris, with the Ferrari man fuming when he felt Hamilton had deliberately slowed down under the safety vehicle, causing contact between the two.
With debris strewn across the track, the FIA race stewards opted to throw a red flag so that the marshals could properly clear it, leaving all of the cars to return to the pit lane and queue up.
Ricciardo was the big mover on the restart - which was absent of contact - to move from fifth to third ahead of both Williams drivers.
"Obviously yesterday I was disappointed with the mistake but I guess you've got to make these [errors] to try and fight for that last little bit". Unable to clip it back in fully, Hamilton was left to manage as best he could to keep the head protection in place.
Hamilton led away at the restart in question but after a restart was forced into a pit stop for a loose headrest, dropping him from the lead.
"I'm just lost for words", said Stroll.
But it is Hamilton's clash with Vettel which will be the main talking point after the Ferrari driver was hit with a penalty for colliding twice with the Briton. All of this left Ricciardo leading from Stroll and Magnussen, with Ocon fourth and Bottas - who was a lap down early on - fifth with 15 laps to go. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 111 4.
Despite Hamilton's woes, Mercedes had representation on the podium in the form of Valtteri Bottas.
At the front, though, Ricciardo had no such dramas to contend with.
A fortnight after breaking his F1 points duck with ninth on home ground in Montreal, Williams's rookie signing kept his composure in a insane Baku race to finish third - only losing second to recovering Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in a photo-finish over the line.
An awarding ceremony was held in Baku for the winners of the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 25.
Two weeks ago, Max Verstappen was fighting for a podium finish in Canada after jumping from fifth to second off the line before engine failure curtailed his race on lap 11.
NEXT UP The drivers get two weeks' rest before the European swing continues in Austria on July 9.