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Furious Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel "disgraced himself" after Azerbaijan GP clash

26 Juin 2017

Then, the 29-year-old German, furiously gesticulating with both hands, pulled alongside Hamilton, before inexplicably driving into the side of his rival's auto. It's just not driver conduct.

Canadian teenager Lance Stroll came home third, the Williams driver's first podium, after being overhauled by Bottas on the line.

The three-time Formula One world champion was apoplectic with his German counterpart after Sebastian Vettel hit his Mercedes from behind while they were both behind the safety auto, only for the German to then drive alongside Hamilton and then smash into the side of him, too. It's unsafe driving and to get a 10-second penalty for that...

Despite that 10-second penalty Vettel still managed to finish ahead of his world championship rival because Hamilton was forced to make a pit stop as his head rest was not fixed properly.

Race-leader Hamilton slowed suddenly and the following Vettel could not avoid making contact from behind.

"I had a little damage, he risked damage". In most motorsports deliberately hitting another driver would result in something pretty severe like a race ban, but the Ferrari driver was lucky to escape with just a 10-second stop-go penalty. "But we were exiting the corner, he was accelerating then he braked so much that I was braking as soon as I saw, but I couldn't stop in time and ran in the back of him".

"It happened, I don't think it was right but the biggest thing for me was that I lost the race through the headrest issue".

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won what will be regarded as a race for the ages following three safety auto periods, one red flag and a series of notable incidents.

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Esteban Ocon of Force India was sixth ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas, Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso, who also survived a first-lap collision, two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who scored McLaren s first points of the year in ninth, and Pascal Wehrlein of Sauber.

Lewis Hamilton, who had started the race in pole position, failed to secure a podium position - finishing the race in fifth.

The Finn was last after colliding with Kimi Raikkonen on turn two of the first lap but fought back and pipped Stroll on the final straight to take second.

Lance Stroll was an 18-year-old under pressure following a hard start to his life in the sport.

He was just 12 days older than Dutchman Max Verstappen was when he won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix on debut with Red Bull. "Valtteri was a bit quicker than me, but I'm over the moon with P3". It happened so quickly.

Despite Hamilton's woes, Mercedes had representation on the podium in the form of Valtteri Bottas. "After the incident, we were side by side, I raised my hand and told him, well I didn t say anything, but showed him that I wasn t happy with that".

"For me I'm just going to do my talking on the track, that's most important for me".