Lewis Hamilton wants to 'win the right way' after Vettel controversy

Doug Mendoza
June 26, 2017

"He brake-checked me", Vettel told the media, unapologetic of his maneuver.

As Daniel Ricciardo celebrated winning a hectic Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel clashed in a bitter incident that could shape the rest of an intriguing Formula One season.

For his part, Vettel denied any wrongdoing, accused Hamilton of brake testing him, and claimed his 10-second stop-and-go penalty, and latterly three points on his driver's licence, were unduly harsh.

Hamilton said Vettel had "disgraced himself" with the move, but when that was put to Wolff by Autosport he replied: "Disgraced himself with his behaviour? Hmm".

The FIA, motor sport's governing body, is under growing pressure to sanction four-time champion Vettel after he deliberately drove into Hamilton during the chaotic race at Baku City Circuit.

"It happened, I don't think it was right but the biggest thing for me was that I lost the race through the headrest issue".

"I nearly can't imagine that he did it on objective in shunting into him".

"If he wants to prove that he is a man we should do it out of the auto and face to face". "I controlled the pace, like all the other restarts I slowed down in the same spot".

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Hamilton conceded it had been a challenging day, but pointed to Bottas's speed for encouragement. The second session was much closer than the first, with the top four cars split by just 0.127s.

A visibly frustrated Hamilton, who had said over the radio Vettel's punishment was not severe enough, explained to Channel 4: "I didn't brake check him at all".

"Driving alongside and deliberately driving into a driver and getting away scot-free pretty much - he still came away with fourth - I think that's a disgrace", Hamilton was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

Vettel was then hit with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty by the stewards who labeled the German's driving as unsafe, a judgment Vettel rejects.

"I can't really believe it", said Ricciardo.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second after overcoming a first-lap collision with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. "If you penalise me then you should penalise both of us because that was not the way to do it". No question. But to drive next to him and hit him on goal, I have never seen anything like this.

"If I'm struggling then people at the back are struggling more, it's not necessary".

"Yesterday was quite awesome already, I had a few races where Saturdays didn't go well and got back into Q3 for first time since China, so today to get the podium is absolutely fantastic". "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".

"Nobody wanted to see the schmoozing anyway, so now the gloves are off", said Wolff. They are fighting for the race wins and the championship. "A multi-world champion should behave better than that".

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