Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan GP; Vettel, Hamilton clash


Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo on his way to victory in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel has had three penalty points added on to his super licence after barging into Lewis Hamilton in Baku.

Red Bull Racing celebrate Daniel Ricciardo win in Azerbaijan.

He could have had second too if not for the speedy Bottas pipping him right on the finish line.

Stroll's second straight points scoring finish and first ever podium sees him shoot up to 12th in the standings.

"It was just a insane race", Ricciardo said.

Struggling to form his words initially, Ricciardo said he only thought a podium was within reach after the restart, only for the issues for the leaders to hand him the race win. However, Vettel was quick to brush that claim aside, saying: "I think F1 is for grown-ups, I think, as I said, the manoeuvre before was not necessary and obviously damaged my front wing".

Ricciardo, as he likes to do on the podium, took off one of his race shoes and filled it with Champagne. "I can't describe how I feel, it's beyond wonderful".

There may have been a degree of fortune in his third place, but becoming the first Canadian since 2001 to stand on the podium at a grand prix was an excellent achievement by Lance Stroll.

But Vettel maintained that Hamilton was just as much to blame.

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The German driver, a four-time Formula One world champion, accused Hamilton of deliberately slowing down in front of him while the Briton was leading the race in Baku.

"It was such an intense race, a insane race, and so much happened, the red flag and hopping out the auto and hopping back in and having to reset".

Both incidents clearly hampered Vettel and Hamilton's chances of success.

Vettel was also hit with a 10-second penalty for deliberately shunting Hamilton when coming into the pits following that flag on lap 22 after several collisions saw the track littered with debris, with the Ferrari man fuming when he felt Hamilton had deliberately slowed down under the safety auto, causing contact between the two.

The incident was immediately placed under investigation by the stewards and Vettel was deemed to have been wholly at fault, for which he served a 10-second stop-go penalty. The Briton, who led Vettel, backed off to let the safety vehicle pull away and the German ran into his rear - to his fury.

The fact Ricciardo won from 10th on the grid, and that Bottas clawed his way back from last following an early incident, summed up a weird race. Bottas took extra kerb at the left-hander, but in doing so, launched his vehicle over the kerb and ran into the side of the Ferrari.

"It just shows you should never give up". We want to race wheel to wheel.

The modern equivalent on today's grid is Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel and today that rivalry took another step towards outright hatred.

Hamilton got away cleanly, but Raikkonen clipped Bottas and bumped his own Ferrari into the wall, and Vettel surged past them into second place.

Vettel and Hamilton may have been involved in some of that "craziness" as the title rivals shared a flash-point in the middle of the race when Vettel seemingly rammed Hamilton's auto. If that was not bad enough, Raikkonen suffered a puncture from loose debris from a coming together between the Force India duo of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.