Ricciardo takes shock win in Baku

Ricciardo takes shock win in Baku

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2017 was one of the most high-octane races we have seen this year so far.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won what will be regarded as a race for the ages following three safety auto periods, one red flag and a series of notable incidents.

Still, to secure a podium in only the eighth race of his career was an outstanding achievement, especially considering the flak Stroll took earlier in the season when he failed to finish his first three races, and four out of the first six.

Sebastian Vettel hits Lewis Hamilton twice as Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan GP.

"Driving dangerously, which in any way can put another driver at risk. we were going slow, if we had been going fast it could've been a lot worse".

Hamilton, less angry in his media briefing than immediately after the race on television, maintained Vettel shunted him on objective. I will talk with him when you [the media] are not here. "I enjoyed the race but I don't think it's the right thing that I got a penalty and he didn't", Motorsport.com quoted Vettel as saying.

Vettel's swerve into Hamilton happened at the end of the second of three safety auto periods.

Vettel finished fourth, with Hamilton fifth after an extra pitstop to fix a loose headrest.

Yet despite his 10-second stop-and-go penalty - after the stewards in Baku deemed Vettel's actions to be risky - the German still managed to extend his title lead to 14 points after Hamilton was forced into an unscheduled pit stop when his headrest came loose.

Verstappen tops Azerbaijan GP practice
With 30 seconds to go at the session, Verstappen however lost control of the back of his auto and struck the safety rail. With the Ferraris, for sure we can fight.

Hamilton moved within 11 points of title leader Nico Rosberg after their last-lap collision in the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix.

It came moments after Vettel hit the rear of the Mercedes at the exit of Turn 15, claiming Hamilton had brake-tested him - although FIA data ruled this out.

Hamilton said Vettel "disgraced himself" by deliberately driving his Ferrari alongside and swerving it into the side of him.

"Did I think then that I would the race today?"

Told of Vettel's planned call, Hamilton said: "He doesn't have my number".

This left Ricciardo, who qualified 10th and looked well and truly out of contention after stopping early to have debris cleared out of a brake duct, in position to take his fifth grand prix victory. 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.

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

The 6-kilometre (3.7-mile) Baku street circuit, which glides through the city's medieval walls and passes the Caspian Sea, caused problems all weekend due to its long straights and tight, hard-braking corners.

Force India's Sergio Perez jumped up to third, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen fourth ahead of Raikkonen. Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz followed the Haas driver in eighth and was followed by Fernando Alonso who picked up McLaren's first points of the season.

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