F1 win: 'I was just giggling like a schoolboy'

Doug Mendoza
June 26, 2017

Lewis Hamilton has accused Sebastian Vettel of acting like a "disgrace" after he was deemed to have deliberately crashed into his title rival during a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton came out all guns blazing post-race in defence of his driving under safety auto conditions, following a collision with championship leader Sebastian Vettel at low speed during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The two championship leaders collided ahead of the race's second Safety Car restart after Vettel, who was second to Hamilton at the time, hit the back of the Mercedes on the exit of Turn 15.

That brought out yet another safety auto and eventually a red flag to stop the race, so that marshals could clean all the debris off of the circuit.

Second placed was Valtteri Bottas who eventually managed to use the red flag chaos, and reach the podium in the last meters of this race, after he passed over Lance stroll.

Although Vettel is adamant that he was brake-tested on the exit of Turn 15 as leader Hamilton prepared for the Baku race's second safety-car restart, the FIA's analysis of data from Hamilton's auto showed no proof of that. I think I'll do that just with him and clear it and move on.

"I had made an unplanned pit-stop at the beginning after a few laps we had some debris in the brakes, so I had to stop and clean it and well fell to 17th".

Hamilton and Vettel had an on-track run-in while the race was neutralised, which yielded a penalty for the latter - but a loose headrest denied Hamilton what could've been a comfortable cruise to victory.

Hamilton got away cleanly, but Raikkonen clipped Bottas and bumped his own Ferrari into the wall, and Vettel surged past them into second place.

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However, the stewards at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix found Lewis Hamilton innocent of these claims.

But Hamilton's furious denouncement of the championship leader marks the end of their "friendly rivalry", with the Hamilton-Vettel bromance, which until now had been the signature feature of the season, already a thing of the past.

"He was turning in the corner so that for me there was nowhere else to go other than over the kerb".

With the data proving Hamilton had not done a brake-test on Vettel, Lauda thinks it's fair to say Vettel was at fault for both incidents - the original collision and the swipe to the right. I don't think it was deliberate of him to brake-check me, I don't think he's that kind of guy.

"After the incident, we were side by side, I raised my hand and showed him that I wasn't happy with that". "I think he disgraced himself today", the Briton told Channel 4.

Vettel was penalised with a 10-second stop-go whilst Hamilton was forced into a pit stop to fit a new head restraint which ended up costing him more time than the German.

"As I said, I'm willing to sort it out with him, I don't think there's much to sort out".

"I am willing to sort it out with him". "It was such an intense race, a insane race, and so much happened - the red flag and hopping out of the auto and hopping back in and having to reset".

"I had a little damage, he risked damage".

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