Azerbaijan GP: Lauda slams 'crazy' Vettel for 'freaking out' in Hamilton spat

Hamilton, who was leading after making a clean start from the 66th pole position of his career, had initially slowed to avoid the slow-moving safety auto ahead of him, an action that may have caused Vettel to drive into the rear of his Mercedes.

Hamilton appeared to stop his vehicle right in front of Vettel, causing Vettel to collide into him.

Daniel Ricciardo has won an incident-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix to claim his first race win since the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, in October.

"We came back to it this weekend and I am as competitive as at the beginning of the season, like in Bahrain and China where I was in Q3".

Lewis Hamilton, who had started the race in pole position, failed to secure a podium position - finishing the race in fifth.

An adamant Vettel added to Rachel Brookes: "He brake-checked me as well, so what do you expect?" "I think he disgraced himself today".

While Ricciardo kept things clean in the latter part of the race it fell apart for so many of his rivals.

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

With debris littering the track, it was deemed too risky to race and the red flag came out on lap 22 of 51.

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Vettel reacted incredulously when he learned of the 10-second penalty on lap 32, while Hamilton, whose hopes of victory were later ended when he had to pit due to a loose head rest, complained over his radio that the sanction was insufficient.

The episode left the British driver incensed. "Vettel literally came alongside and hit me", the Briton said. Did I think then that I would the race today? Imagine all the young kids watching today - seeing that kind of behaviour from a world champion. "I had to overtake everyone", Bottas said.

"If he wants to prove he's a man, we should do it out of the vehicle face-to-face".

Ricciardo's Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen, the pacesetter during practice on Friday, was forced to retire for the fourth time in the last six races with engine trouble on lap 11 after the Dutchman attempted to attack Perez and take third.

The race was just about to start again when race control called for the safety auto to stay out, because of debris from Raikkonen's vehicle.

"I can't quite believe what's just happened".

He was still giggling later on a weird 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.

Stewards allowed Jolyon Palmer of the Renault F1 team to participate in the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Vettel, ahead of Hamilton in the championship race, threw both hands up in the air before pulling alongside his rival and then appearing to deliberately drive into the Briton.

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