Hamilton later lost his lead having to pit to re-fix his head restraint while Vettel, issued a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for unsafe driving in hitting Hamilton, managed to leap his title rival. As the cars prepared for the restart, Hamilton, who was leading the field, started to bunch the cars behind him and on the exit of Turn 15 Vettel, in second place, clouted the rear of the Mercedes.
After eight races, Vettel leads Hamilton by 14 points in the drivers' championship.
Stewards put the incident under investigation and found Vettel at fault for "dangerous driving", giving the Ferrari driver a 10-second stop-and-go penalty. The Australian secured his fifth career win, while Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas overtook Stroll's Williams auto in the closing meters to take second.
Ricciardo, who crashed in qualifying and started from 10th on the grid took advantage of a number of incidents and drove a clean race for Red Bull to claim his fifth race win.
"I think that was just not necessary". "I do my talking on the track". "I got hit at Turn 2 and there was quite a lot of damage on the vehicle already on the left-hand side".
Baku is known to cause plenty of incidents due to its narrow streets and high-speed corners, but Sunday's race was busy even by the track's lofty standards.
Bac : des copies volées, les élèves vont devoir replancher
La grande majorité des 61 élèves repasseront l'épreuve ce mercredi matin, soit une semaine pile après l'examen initial. Soixante et un élèves parisiens vont devoir repasser l'épreuve de mathématiques du bac .
Vettel, who had accused the Briton of brake-checking him, had served his penalty during the race after the stewards decided his actions added up to "dangerous driving".
On Saturday Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe said a test in the 2014 machine at Austin after the Montreal race had helped Stroll make a set-up breakthrough. "I think we were about 20 seconds behind our delta on the dash - which means the Safety Car basically went 20 seconds too slow". All in all, five cars are out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
While behind a safety vehicle, Hamilton, who was in the lead, appeared to slow his auto right in front of Vettel - causing Vettel to drive into him.
Hamilton led away from pole position as Bottas blocked Vettel on the inside of Turn 1.
"In the end, I don't agree with the penalty that I got, because if you penalise me then you should penalise us both because that was not the way to do it", the championship leader was quoted as saying on the F1 website.
Then, the race order changed again as Vettel came in for his time penalty moments after Hamilton changed his headrest. Vettel came into contact with Hamilton behind the safety auto and got angry about it. Perez was trying to make a move on Vettel when they got started, and Massa was in on it too. A couple of years ago in China it was the same thing. A reluctant Hamilton stopped at the end of lap 31 for 9.3 seconds and emerged in ninth place.
For now, Vettel is the villain of the peace, Hamilton holier than thou but it is barely the first chapter.
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