Furious Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel "disgraced himself" after Azerbaijan GP clash

Furious Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel

Seven of the drivers that started the race in Baku failed to finish after a series of collisions during the race, and debris on the track even saw the red flag waved during lap 22.

Although that meant Hamilton lost a bit of ground, he saw something to exploit over the remaining 12 races, something he considers Vettel's vulnerability under high pressure.

Lewis Hamilton on Sunday accused Formula One rival Sebastian Vettel of disgracing himself and deliberately driving into his auto as a bitter clash between the two world championship rivals dominated the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Vettel threw his hands into the air before pulling alongside Hamilton and then swerving right, making wheel-to-wheel contact with the Mercedes driver and later earning a 10-second stop/go penalty for the incident.

Niki Lauda, the non-executive chairman at Hamilton's Mercedes team, was equally scathing of Vettel, saying: "He freaked out in himself". I don't have a radio to him. "I don't think there's much to sort out".

Vettel was ultimately able to extend his championship advantage to 14 points by finishing fourth and one place ahead of Hamilton, who later said his title rival had "disgraced himself".

"I got damage, he risked damage", added the German. If he wants to prove that he is a man we should do it out of the vehicle, face-to-face. I controlled the pace.

"The stewards looked at my data and the reason I didn't get a penalty is because I clearly did not brake test him". (It was) unsafe driving (and) you only get a 10-second penalty for that kind of thing, I think it's.I don't need to say anymore.

Ricciardo takes shock win in Baku
Hamilton moved within 11 points of title leader Nico Rosberg after their last-lap collision in the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix . Even when we got the red flag, I came on the radio and just was like "man this is fun, this is a good race".

Vettel, who is chasing a fifth world title to stop Hamilton winning a fourth, was given a 10-second time penalty for the incident. "If you penalise me then you should penalise both of us because that was not the way to do it".

"But to drive next to him and hit him on goal, I have never seen anything like this".

Vettel now has nine points on his F1 licence and if he obtains three more in Austria a week on Sunday he will be hit with a one-race ban.

Vettel's claim that he was "brake-tested" by Hamilton was quashed by both the International Motoring Federation (FIA) and Mercedes.

"I know my boys will be devastated [about the head-rest issue] but I think it's important to take away the great performance throughout the weekend".

"You dream of being on an F1 podium, you work towards that and it finally comes true", he told Sky Sports. "I respect him a lot for the driver he is".

"They're warriors and you're at war at that moment, fighting for the race win and the championship", Wolff said. "I want to win the championship the right way".

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