Hamilton, Vettel clash remains the big talking point in Baku

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel

GETTYLewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel collided in Baku

Indeed Hamilton, now 14 points adrift of his championship rival after he crossed the line only fifth, was furious with Vettel's actions branding the German a "disgrace", while also suggesting he take on his rival "out of the vehicle, face-to-face".

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won in Baku after a chaotic race which saw Ferrari's Vettel given a 10-second stop-go penalty when he steered into the back of race leader Hamilton's Mercedes under safety auto conditions after a red-flag stoppage on lap 22.

Vettel should not assume fair enough, but this seemed like a very deliberate attempt to cause damage to Vettels vehicle or otherwise get in the drivers head and I believe Hamilton did this knowingly as he knew there would be no repercussions for him.

Vettel was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty over the incident, which was deemed lenient by Hamilton, who ultimately finished fifth behind the fourth-placed German after having to pit from the lead due to a loose head rest.

Vettel was penalised for deliberately driving into the Mercedes driver during a race restart in an act of revenge for Hamilton's supposed brake test on the German - which the FIA later cleared Hamilton of, having studied the data from his vehicle.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo won the race, while Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas recovered from last to finish second as Lance Stroll, an 18-year-old rookie, completed the most unlikely of podiums.

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"Then it just looked like a red mist moment to me where he's lost it and taken a swipe at him, which was only ever going to result in a penalty".

But Hamilton said: "I think it's just not driver conduct. What we have seen today is the ingredient of a great championship", said Wolff.

On lap 19, Hamilton bunched up the pack before the restart, as is within his rights, but Vettel drove into the back of his Mercedes, appearing to have misjudged his actions.

"If I had had any ill intent in terms of my driving towards him, brake testing, whatever it may be, I still think it's not deserving of that kind of reaction from someone - that person you do have respect for. I enjoyed the race but I don't think it was right that I got a penalty and he didn't".

"Nobody can criticise the stewards because they are what they are, like a referee. but they could have done more, certainly because I think it's the worst you can do". "I think it was very clear". Today was obviously a different Sebastian we've seen than in those eight races. "I didn't run into the back of him on goal". "I don't have a problem with him", he said.

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