Vettel, Hamilton clash as Ricciardo wins in Baku

The Ferrari smacked into the back of the Mercedes, prompting Vettel to draw alongside Hamilton to gesticulate wildly before deliberately banging wheels with his rival.

First his teammate Max Verstappen retired with engine problems, then Daniil Kvyat parked his Toro Rosso, prompting a safety auto which would eventually see Vettel and Hamilton collide behind it.

"He brake-tested me!" an angry Vettel said over vehicle radio, while Hamilton argued differently. 'What the f*** is going on?'

"I am a fan of Formula 1 and I have arrived in Baku with my family to watch the racing, Marushin said". However, just as he came in, the stewards announced that Vettel had been hit with a 10 second stop/go penalty for risky driving, pulling the race away from the Ferrari man just when it had been presented handed to him. Hamilton was not impressed with this, thinking the penalty was lenient.

"Like all the other restarts, I slowed down in the same spot", he said. No question. But to drive next to him and hit him on objective, I have never seen anything like this. He got away scot free. I think that says it all. If he wants to prove he is a man we should do it out of the auto, face-to-face. Imagine all the young kids watching F1 today and seeing that behaviour from the four-time world champion. "It's done and dusted and we move on". It's hammer time that's for sure'.

A clash between the pair under the safety auto acted as the first sign of a needle in their title fight, relations having remained fairly cordial to this point. It evaporated in an instant.

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"It was just a insane race, we knew the podium was a chance after the restart and then we heard about the problems with Lewis and Seb", Ricciardo said.

"I didn't give him a finger or anything, I just wanted to tell him - because I can't literally talk to him - that that was not right".

"I don't know really, I need to have a bit more [of a] look at the videos and stuff and review it a bit more but for me it was no option to back off". (It) damaged his rear also I think a little. He's done something similar in China at the restart a couple of years ago so it's not the way to do it, I think. If I was Lewis, I would speak to Sebastian and ask him what is wrong. "It just puts us a little bit more in harm's way when we're already struggling with these tires that they, the FIA, have asked for - we've said that they struggle to work in those temperatures, and it just makes it hard for us".

In a post-race statement, the stewards made clear that Vettel's penalty had been given for the incident in which he drove into Hamilton.

The race stewards later found no evidence of Hamilton having brake tested Vettel as the German had claimed.

It was very almost second place, too, but Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas surged past him in his faster Mercedes with the finish line just in sight.

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The stewards" statement explained: "The stewards examined video evidence which showed that vehicle No 5 drove alongside and then steered into auto No 44.

It was described as "potentially dangerous" driving and in addition to the time penalty in the race he was also given three penalty points on his racing licence, taking him to a total of nine.

"It is a misjudgement from him and some people don't like to own up to their own mistakes".

Should the German collect three more he would be handed a one-race ban.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix was won by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, his first race victory of the year.

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Vettel thought Hamilton had slammed the brakes on intentionally - which is known as brake-testing - which Hamilton denied. The red flag came out when Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo hit a wall exiting Turn 6, smashing up his left rear suspension.

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