Sebastian Vettel 'disgraced himself', says furious Lewis Hamilton

Posted June 26, 2017

The Red Bull driver was the beneficiary of a loose headrest for Lewis Hamilton, who had seemed on course for the win, while Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel was penalised 10 seconds for shunting title rival Hamilton.

"If he wants to prove he's a man I think we should do it out of the vehicle, face to face", Hamilton said about Vettel after the race.

It appeared Hamilton had done nothing untoward, but the German was clearly irate and pulled alongside the Mercedes, waving an arm, before turning into his vehicle.

Vettel was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty by the Azerbaijan GP race stewards after his vehicle hit Hamilton's twice behind the Safety auto - once under braking and then again when Vettel first drew alongside Hamilton to gesticulate at his title rival before swiping into the Mercedes.

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 vehicle on lap 18. However, when Hamilton was asked whether he believed Vettel would actually apologize, he told the BBC, "I don't fancy seeing him".

"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 (www.formula1.com). I'm sure he didn't do it on objective but for sure it's not the right move.

With a long run up between the following Turn 16 and the safety vehicle line, Hamilton had to back off to ensure that he did not break the rules by overtaking the safety auto before he was allowed. 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. It's just not driver conduct. He was obviously sleeping and drove into the back of me.

Daniel Ricciardo recovered from a nightmarish Qualifying to win the race, ahead of Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas and rookie Lance Stroll. "The problem is me right behind getting ready and all the other cars".

"I know my boys will be devastated [about the head-rest issue] but I think it's important to take away the great performance throughout the weekend".

Lewis Hamilton says he has no intention of speaking to Sebastian Vettel about their collisions in the Azerbaijan GP.

"Today was a insane race, especially for me".

"Did I think then that I would the race today?"

The cruel luck was at least tempered when Vettel was ordered into the pits for a 10-second stop-go penalty.

"I got damage, he risked damage". We were side by side at as we crossed the line, but what a race!

Voted as the driver of the day, he added: "We've had a couple of hard races, but the last two have been wonderful and I'm over the moon right now".