Daniel Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan GP; Canada's Lance Stroll finishes third
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 6:32
Vettel, who as a effect of the chaotic second half of the race actually increased his lead in the title standings to 14 points, having at one stage looked as if it would be cut to five points, looked to try and build bridges with Hamilton as he followed up his defence of his driving with a conciliatory tone.
Former world champion Damon Hill, however, called it "a petulant move", while Mercedes chief Niki Lauda called Vettel "crazy" - and Hamilton struggled to contain his disgust.
Ferrari star Vettel was handed a 10-second stop-go penalty for "dangerous driving" after he deliberately drove into Hamilton's Mercedes while both were following the safety auto.
Formula One: As Daniel Ricciardo celebrated winning a hectic Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel clashed in a bitter incident that could shape the rest of an intriguing Formula One season.
A visibly frustrated Hamilton, who had said over the radio Vettel's punishment was not severe enough, explained to Channel 4: "I didn't brake check him at all". Driving alongside and deliberately driving into another driver and getting away freely, pretty much as he finished fourth - that is a disgrace. The odds of a podium or win got pushed even further back when we had to make an unscheduled pit stop early in the race and I think I was back in seventeenth place.
If he wants to prove he is a man, do it out of the vehicle face to face.
"They've seen today how a four-time champion behaves".
Vettel crossed the line in fourth place with Hamilton in fifth.
When asked by Sky Sports after the race if he considered it risky driving on his part, he replied: "Nothing happened did it?". "We knew the podium was a chance after the restart and then we heard about the problems with Lewis and Seb", Ricciardo said. "I'm sure he didn't do it on goal but for sure, it wasn't the right move".
"I'm just lost for words", said Stroll, who is originally from Montreal.
I raised my hand and showed him I wasn't happy with that. I was braking as soon as I saw but I couldn't stop in time and ran into the back of him. "It was just a insane race", Ricciardo said.
Williams driver Lance Stroll of Canada steers his auto during the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sunday, June 25, 2017. "We had the upper hand this weekend and will continue to move forward". (It) damaged his rear also I think a little.
"I said yesterday we had to stay out of trouble and it certainly paid off today", a grinning Ricciardo said. Unsafe driving and you get a 10 second penalty for that kind of thing, I think that's just.
He is also the second youngest racer ever on the podium after Dutchman Max Verstappen, who was 18 years 228 days old when he won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.