Pink Bull’s Ricciardo took full benefit after race chief Lewis Hamilton was pressured to pit due to a defective headrest and Vettel acquired a ten-second penalty for driving into his Mercedes rival whereas behind the security automotive.
Hamilton, who had managed the race from pole, was first bumped from behind by Ferrari’s Vettel, who then pulled up alongside him and appeared to show in intentionally.
Vettel claimed that Hamilton had been intentionally “brake-checking” him, however the stewards noticed it in another way and handed him the cease-go penalty.
After Vettel served his penalty, he got here out of the pits forward of Hamilton and maintained his place because the pair completed fourth and fifth, leaving the German 14 factors clear after eight rounds of the 2017 championship.
Hamilton was left to complain over race radio at what he noticed as too lenient a penalty for Vettel. “Not sufficient for driving like that, you understand that,” he informed race director Charlie Whiting.
And the confrontation continued after the race as a livid Hamilton vented his anger and frustration over Vettel’s actions.
“If he needs to show himself he’s a person he ought to do it out of the automotive, face-to-face,” he advised BBC Radio 5.
“Think about all younger youngsters watching F1 as we speak and seeing that type of behaviour from a 4-time world champion.”
Behind Ricciardo, who began tenth on the grid, Canadian teenager Lance Stroll seemed set to complete second till pipped on the road by Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
The Williams new boy is the youngest driver at 18 years of age to say an F1 podium in his rookie season. “I’m simply misplaced for phrases,” stated Stroll on the publish-race shows. “We simply stayed out of hassle.”
It was additionally a exceptional drive by Finland’s Bottas, who collided with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the second nook and dropped again to twentieth earlier than working his approach again via the sector within the fifty one-lap race.
Each Ricciardo and Bottas have been assisted by a minimum of three security automobiles and ultimately a pink flag as race officers cleared particles from the road circuit in Baku.
“It was a loopy race,” stated Australia’s Ricciardo, whereas admitting that ideas of victory had been removed from his thoughts till the incidents involving Hamilton and Vettel.
It’s his fifth profession victory in F1.
Esteban Ocon took sixth for Drive India regardless of crashing into his teammate Sergio Perez whereas preventing for third spot, whereas Fernando Alonso scored the primary factors of a disastrous season for McLaren in ninth spot after a spirited drive.
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