Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was victorious during a Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday that involved a collision between Formula One Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and rival Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth and fifth respectively with Vettel being penalized for swerving Hamilton.
Hamilton’s Mercedes partner Valtteri Bottas finished runner up after bouncing back from a opening-lap collision with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, while Canadian teenager Lance Stroll rounded out the podium finishing third place after being pipped on the line by Bottas.
Ferrari’s Vettel got a 10-second stop-go penalty, which saw him fall from second to ninth, after he steered into race leader Hamilton under safety car conditions after a red-flag stoppage.
“Nothing happened, did it? He brake-checked me as well, so what do you expect? I am sure he didn’t do it on purpose but for sure it was not the right move. I got damage, he risked damage. After the incident, we were side by side, I raised my hand and showed him that I was not happy with that.” Vettel said while speaking to Sky Sports.
Vettel responded with surprise and disbelief when he was informed of the 10-second penalty on lap 32, while Hamilton, whose hopes of winning the Grand Prix were quashed when he had to pit due to a loose head rest, expressed his dissatisfaction over his radio regarding the penalty to Vettel.
Vettel leads the overall standings on 153 points, 14 clear of Great Britain’s Hamilton on 139 while Finland’s Bottas is third with 111. Australian Ricciardo’s first victory since he won the Malaysian Grand Prix last year lifted him to fourth on 92.
“I can not really believe it. It was a crazy race. We knew the podium was a chance after the restart, then we heard of the problems with Lewis and Seb. (I did not think I would win) for all my money, but this was the race we expected last year, all the safety cars and chaos. We had to stay out of trouble and certainly pulled it off today.” said Ricciardo.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished sixth, equaling his best performance of the career, although he may lament missing out on the podium after clashing with Mexican team mate Sergio Perez, whose withdrawal ended his 37-race streak of consecutive finishes.
Ricciardo’s Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen, the pacesetter during practice on Friday, was forced to retire for the fourth time in the last six races with engine issue on lap 11 after the Dutchman attempted to attack Perez and take third.