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

The German was handed a 10-second penalty for that incident but finished one place ahead of his championship rival in fourth after Hamilton - who was on course for a comfortable win - was forced to pit due to a loose head rest, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo going on to claim victory.

The Australian was then bumped further up into top spot when race leader Lewis Hamilton was forced to pit to fix a broken head-rest, and second place Sebastian Vettel was handed a penalty for deliberately driving into Hamilton during a safety auto period.

The flashpoint came as Hamilton bunched the pack up ahead of a safety auto restart which caught Vettel out and saw him run into the back of the Mercedes.

"This is the race we expected previous year and we got it today with all the craziness and safety cars".

Hamilton railed to colleagues over the team radio during the race about Vettel's lenient penalty, saying: "A 10-second penalty is not enough for driver behaviour like that".

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel clash under Safety Car in Baku
It's risky driving and to get a 10-second penalty for that. "I like to think that I remain respectful and I'll continue to do so". Hamilton was initially reluctant to discuss the incident post-race but felt his rival should have been given a tougher sanction.

Hamilton was on pole position for the 66th time, with Bottas next, followed by Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel fourth. Kimi's dropped to seventh, and picked up further damage to puncture his right rear tyre later when the second safety auto period was out, a result from the debris of the two Force India's that clashed. When he emerged, Vettel had already served his penalty and was one place ahead, where he remained to the finish.

Things settled down for a short while after that, but then came a hat-trick of safety vehicle periods, each of which only led to more drama.

'Obviously yesterday I was disappointed with the mistake. While doing so he appeared to purposefully turn into Hamilton.

Feeling he'd been brake tested by his rival, Vettel gesticulated angrily and pulled alongside and seemed to purposefully knock into the Mercedes driver. While Hamilton pointed out the German had side-swiped him. "We knew the podium was a chance after the restart and then we heard about the problems with Lewis and Seb", Ricciardo said.

"The stewards looked at my data", Hamilton said. The incident knocked on to Raikkonen who sustained a puncture from debris, damaging the rear of the vehicle.

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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.

Following a Safety Car start, the Briton got the drop on Vettel and retained the lead. After 15 minutes the race restarted cleanly with the two drivers giving one another space.

After expressing a few gestures Vettel inexplicably swung straight into the side of Hamilton which resulted in the the race being delayed again for the track to be cleared of debris.

Yet there was further drama to come.

"Luckily, we were going slowly, if we were going faster it could have been a lot worse". This is his normal reaction. "It just shows you should never give up", Bottas said. Vettel asked. He was told they will discuss it after the race.

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