Such a feat looked highly unlikely heading into the race as the Red Bull driver lined up from 10th on the grid following a crash in qualifying, and even more so when he was forced to pit on lap six to remove debris from his brakes in order to prevent overheating. "Vettel literally came alongside me and hit me", the Briton said. "Then they said Lewis' headrest was loose, he's pitting, I was like is unreal, I am now leading this race and it's is in my hands".
"On the cool-down lap, I was just giggling like a little schoolboy". All three are out of the race due to vehicle failures.
First his teammate Max Verstappen retired with engine problems, then Daniil Kvyat parked his Toro Rosso, prompting a safety auto which would eventually see Vettel and Hamilton collide behind it.
Crazy. You can be more effusive in your attempt to describe the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the eighth round of the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, but the the word "crazy" just seems as apt as it is succinct. However, what happened today was a team effort and I can't thank everyone enough for making this happen.
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With debris littering the track, it was way too unsafe to race and the red flag came out on lap 22 of 51.
The safety vehicle period ended on lap 16, at which point Hamilton was able to blast away from Vettel, who came under threat from Perez before he was able to get back to chasing Hamilton.
Stroll obliged though after claiming it would "scar him for life". We were side-by-side across the finish line but what a race.
Vettel just failed to overtake Hamilton while Ricciardo brilliantly overtook Stroll to move into fourth.
Stroll's second straight points scoring finish and first ever podium sees him shoot up to 12th in the standings.
Ocon finished a credible sixth while Fernando Alonso placed ninth to secure McLaren's first points of a frustrating season.