Formula One: Irate Lewis Hamilton calls Sebastian Vettel 'a disgrace'

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

It was a race that had seven retirements, four safety auto delays and was red-flagged and re-started after an endless series of incidents, including a display of road rage by Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel that cost him a 10-second stop-go penalty - and victory.

Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel's lack of composure under pressure has been "kind of obvious" for a while, not just after his controversial auto chop at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. "I don t need to say anything else", Hamilton told Sky Sports.

Vettel copped a 10-second stop-go penalty for unsafe driving. I don't know what to say - there's nothing I can really say. On his team radio Vettel angrily accused the Briton of "brake-testing him". Hamilton was not reprimanded or punished. In the end we're racing as men. Imagine all the kids watching Formula 1 today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. And for me it was not an option to back off at that point.

"Nothing happened, did it?".

"I made an unplanned pit stop at the beginning, we had some debris in the brakes so we had to stop and clean them and dropped back to 17th place". No question. But then to drive next to him and hit him on goal, I have never seen anything like this. I damaged my wing, I think he had a little bit of damage as well. "He could have damaged his auto, Lewis' vehicle and could have been taken out of race, so I don't know why he is risking all of that". All the restarts I slowed down in the same spot. Instead of complaining about how boring the race was, social media was lit up with excitement, chaos memes and debate about how big Vettel's penalty should be.

"I passed him because he pitted". There is then a chain reaction. I don't think there is much to sort out. "After an action packed race we were confident we could have had at least a podium here in Baku, so I am very disappointed with this outcome".

When the critics were speculating over how he got a seat in Formula One, teenager Lance Stroll simply ignored them. We are both grown up men. I want to kill it for the next 12 races to go.

"The championship battle is still respectful".

The normal procession around the track was nowhere to be seen at Baku this weekend, as the season saw a new victor, a new driver on the podium and some experienced veterans doing some very silly things.

"Every week in the Premier League you have refs blowing the whistle, and some players agree, some disagree".

With the win, Ricciardo stays fourth in the drivers championship while Vettel moved 14 points ahead of Hamilton at the top.

When a question started to him about Vettel and "fair play" in 2017 so far, Hamilton cut the journalist short and said: "Well, today wasn't fair play, so".

The Ferrari driver claimed Hamilton caused the initial collision by hitting the brakes on the exit of Turn 15, but after examining data from both cars, the stewards did not find anything unusual and that Hamilton drove in the same manner as on the previous restart.

The race resumed after a 23-minute break with Hamilton once more leading the pack away under Safety Car conditions.

"At a certain stage, the best ones that compete for the world championship in that phase of their careers can't be friends. Maybe we've seen the limitation of that respect".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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