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Ricciardo wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix

26 Juin 2017

Sebastian Vettel was accused of deliberately driving into his title rival Lewis Hamilton as this year's Formula One championship burst into life during a dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

But most attention will centre on the clash between Hamilton, who started on pole, and Vettel, who crashed into the back of the Brit's Mercedes and subsequently side-swiped him while they were behind the safety auto on lap 18.

Daniel Ricciardo ended up winning the race, thanks in part to his stunning triple overtake after one of the many safety auto restarts.

As a effect of this action, Sebastian Vettel was fined with 10 second "stop and go penalty" while on the other hand, Lewis Hamilton didn't suffer any penalty.

Speaking on Britain's Channel 4 television just after the race, Hamilton went as far as to say that Vettel "disgraced himself", adding that "if he wants to prove he is a man we should do it out of the auto".

"I think it s just not driver conduct".

"I'm just lost for words", said Stroll, from Montreal, who earned his first podium finish. That promoted Vettel into the lead of the race just as his 10-second stop-go penalty was confirmed for unsafe driving.

A "childish" Sebastian Vettel should have been disqualified from the Azerbaijan GP for his clash with Lewis Hamilton, according to Monday's papers. After scoring points for the first time in his home race in Canada two weeks ago, he sensationally achieved his first podium in the sport with third place in Baku. "I think he disgraced himself today", Hamilton said. The German spun out of the race before launching an angry tirade over the team radio: "What the f*** are we doing here?" "I need some time to reflect, but ultimately what happened was disrespectful".

Stroll, at 18 years and 239 days, became the youngest driver to make the podium in his first Formula One season.

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"For sure he did not do it on objective". Vettel emerged from his vehicle pointing to his head in a fashion which suggested he thought Webber, who finished third, was insane.

"Bottas butchered a tyre and front wing at turn 2 in a collision with Kimi Raikkonen, came out a lap down at back of field.Never give up, you never know what's going to happen".

"We are racing but we are men".

"So I think he noticed he braked too early and just let the brakes go, and came way too fast into me".

It was a move which would enable the Australian, who started 10th, to win his first race since last October's Malaysian Grand Prix.

"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 (

"Stroll's first podium so he certainly deserves one... is he old enough to drink?" With Vettel's 10 second penalty, and Hamilton's elongated pit-stop, Bottas managed to overtake both of them and continue towards a podium finish.

Vettel's sanction saw him drop from second to ninth but he recovered to extend his championship lead over Hamilton to 14 points.

This means Vettel has now accumulated 9 penalty points in the last twelve months, and while his point count will roll back to six at Silverstone late next month, he must keep his nose clean at the next round in Austria to avoid being handed a race ban.