Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan GP; Vettel, Hamilton clash

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Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel "disgraced himself" by driving into the side of his Mercedes during the Azerbiajan GP after their clash under Safety Car conditions.

"Driving alongside and deliberately driving into a driver and getting away scot free pretty much, he still came away fourth, I think that's disgrace, he disgraced himself today to be honest".

"A 10-second penalty is not enough for driver behaviour like that", Hamilton said over the team radio.

"We were totally depressed after the first quarter of the race", Red Bull principal Christian Horner told Sky F1.

Nothing happened did it...he brake checked me as well so what do you expect?

"I don't run into the back of him on goal". He was turning into the corner in a way that, for me, there was nowhere else to go other than over the kerb, and for me it was not an option to back off at that point. I don't think he really wanted to destroy my front wing, I don't think that was his intention, because he's also risking damage to his auto, easily a puncture and stuff like and his race is over. He'd done something similar a couple of years ago in China on the restart.

Pressed on his collision with Hamilton, he added: "I passed him because he pitted, after the incident right there, side by side, I raised my hand".

"Yesterday was disappointing with the mistake but I said we had to stay out of trouble today and that's what we did".

"It was such an intense race, a insane race, and so much happened, the red flag and hopping out the vehicle and hopping back in and having to reset".

The race also saw Fernando Alonso finish ninth to claim McLaren's first points of the season.

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On a charge he passed Ocon in a superb move into turn one on lap 66 to go fifth and then went after Pérez. The third row has the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and 2014 Canadian GP victor Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton, who had dominated after a strong start from his 66th pole position, was also undone by a loose headrest that caused him to be ordered to pit for repairs, for safety reasons.

Further chaos unfolded when Daniil Kvyat stopped, his Toro Rosso having lost all electrical power on lap eight.

The straight fight between Hamilton and Vettel was first interrupted by Toro Rosso-Renault's Daniil Kvyat having to stop on track due to a technical failure on lap 11, which brought out the safety vehicle.

The race was not done serving up surprises, however, as Esteban Ocon tried to take fourth place from his Force India teamate Perez and his attempt resulted in the two coming together and Perez crashing out.

The incident happened when the pair were driving slowly behind the safety vehicle, following a series of unrelated crashes involving other cars.

The tensions simmered when Vettel felt Hamilton had deliberately slowed down under safety vehicle conditions, causing slight contact between the two.

Both incidents clearly hampered Vettel and Hamilton's chances of success. Check out the cheeky powerslide from the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg on the exit!

Later, Hamilton was forced into an unscheduled pit-stop amid safety concerns over a malfunctioning headrest.

Indeed after qualifying there was little indication of the unpredictability that followed in the 51-lap race around the 20-turn, 6.003km Baku City Circuit.

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