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Ricciardo wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Ricciardo wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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

Vettel was unaware immediately after the race that his penalty was for swerving into Hamilton. Here, Press Association Sport looks back at a number of flashpoints during his time in the sport.

Sebastian Vettel has been penalised for deliberately driving into Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The case for Vettel's defence was sparse.

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

Vettel thought Hamilton had slammed the brakes on intentionally — which is known as brake-testing — which Hamilton denied. His mood here on Sunday night suggested otherwise. I just wanted to tell him, because I can't literally talk to him, that what he did was not right.

"I can't imagine he did it on goal in shunting into him, so I would like to speak to him personally and hear from him personally, to hear what he says about the incident rather than making a judgment without properly hearing or reading a statement".

Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives.

Up ahead, Hamilton asked over the radio where Bottas was, perhaps concerned his teammate would not be able to protect him from Vettel later in the race.




Stroll's victory makes him the first Canadian to finish on the podium since Jacques Villeneuve came third - the last of his 23 podium finishes - in the German Grand Prix in 2001. He also scoffed at suggestions his reputation had been tarnished.

He was still giggling later on a freakish podium, Bottas had come from a lap-down to claim second while Stroll, at 18 years and 239 days became the youngest driver to make the podium in his first Formula One season.

"Stroll's first podium so he certainly deserves one... is he old enough to drink?" With seemingly no time left, Bottas pushed the Silver Arrow passed the finish line only a 10 of a second ahead of Stroll. It did little to dampen Stroll's mood. "He did something similar a couple of years ago in China at a restart".

Ocon finished eighth while Fernando finished his first race of the season in ninth place, while also securing the first points for McLaren. But the 35-year-old Spaniard, who started 19th following a series of grid penalties, believes he could have won. "After an action packed race we were confident we could have had at least a podium here in Baku, so I am very disappointed with this outcome". I think driving dangerously which can put another driver at risk - luckily we were going slow - but if we were going fast it could have been a lot worse.

"Not much I could have done", Raikkonen said after the race.

Fernando Alonso of Spain driving his McLaren Honda auto.

Vettel just failed to overtake Hamilton while Ricciardo brilliantly overtook Stroll to move into fourth. "Just lost out to Valtteri in the end, but still extremely happy with the result. The rest is all just noise in the background and I don't really care for it".


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