Sebastian Vettel: Lewis Hamilton brake-checked me

Doug Mendoza
June 26, 2017

"I didn't", Hamilton said to the accusation he had brake-tested Vettel.

Lance Stroll, an unheralded Belgian-Canadian racing driver, just secured his first ever podium finish in Formula One.

In a race full of major talking points, the biggest incident revolves around a moment of utter madness from Vettel, who was running second behind Hamilton for much of the race. Battle lines The battle lines were drawn the moment Vettel went into the back of Hamilton's Mercedes during the second of three safety auto periods, the German shaking his fists and pulling alongside to bang wheels in a gesture that looked a lot like "road rage". Vettel was consequently struck with a ten second penalty.

"The stewards looked at my data", Hamilton said.

Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty, but Hamilton lost valuable time changing a loose headrest at the same time. A Mercedes mechanic, armed with a screwdriver and pliers patched up the bodywork on the rear of his auto, and Hamilton was good to go for the re-start.

"I had to overtake everyone".

Stroll's performance makes him the first Canadian to finish on the podium since Jacques Villeneuve came third - the last of his 23 podium finishes - in the German Grand Prix in 2001.

"I am just lost for words", he said. It was a remarkable recovery for Bottas, who went a lap down after suffering a puncture and front wing damage when hitting Raikkonen at Turn 2 on the opening lap.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel is under pressure to issue an apology after he drove into Lewis Hamilton during Sunday's chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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In a stop-start race, the safety auto came out three times in quick succession before a red flag stopped the grand prix near the midway point because debris littered the track.

Hamilton was then asked about quotes Vettel reportedly told German media that the swipe was him making a point about "being men", Hamilton replied: "If he wants to prove that he's a man we should do it out of the vehicle face to face".

"It's still respectful. I don't have a problem with him", said Vettel.

Vettel reacted angrily by pulling alongside Hamilton and appeared to steer towards his title rival which caused the pair to bash wheels.

That restart on lap 20 saw the Force India cars collide and Raikkonen suffer his puncture, leading to another Safety Car that became the red flag. Behind them, Felipe Massa was third and teammate Stroll fourth having started in the top 10, while Ricciardo had risen to fifth place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.

"It cements the rivalry between the two of them for the rest of the season".

Vettel is trying to pull away and win a fifth.

After eight races, Vettel leads Hamilton by 14 points in the drivers' championship.

The race was just about to start again when race control called for the safety auto to stay out, because of debris from Raikkonen's vehicle. We saw it in Mexico a year ago with his radio messages, and that was nothing but an emotional response to what he thought Hamilton had done to him.

"Hamilton is trying to win his fourth world title, to match Vettel's four".

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