The streets of Baku served up a treat for F1 fans with an incident packed race that saw Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo take an unlikely victory for Red Bull. F1 Top 10 reflects on the chaotic race in Azerbaijan and picks out the top five moments from a memorable Grand Prix.
1. Vettel and Hamilton Collide
The most dramatic incident of the race happened on lap 19 when Sebastian Vettel hit the rear of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes after the German accused Hamilton of “brake testing” him. The Ferrari driver made his feeling’s clear towards the Brit when he moved alongside Hamilton and swerved sideways into the Mercedes car causing the pair to make contact. Vettel was viewed at fault for the incident by the stewards and was given a 10 second stop-go penalty as well as three penalty points being added on to his super license.
2. Force India’s Hit Each Other
After the team-orders fiasco in Canada, Force India, looked on course for a podium and even a potential race victory in Baku. However, Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez caused even more controversy in Azerbaijan when both drivers hit each other at the exit of turn two while running fourth and fifth. The damage caused as a result of the incident forced Perez out of the race while Ocon had to fight his way back to a sixth place finish.
3. Ricciardo’s Overtake on both Williams
After the red flag and safety car period the race resumed with a stunning move by Daniel Ricciardo on not only one Williams but two as the Aussie overtook Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa promoting him from fifth to third. The incredible move from the Red Bull driver turned out to be the race winning overtake as he went on to win his first race since Malaysia 2016 despite being down in 17th on lap 6.
4. Hamilton Loses Lead
Daniel Ricciardo’s victory came at the expense of Lewis Hamilton who was controlling the race from the front when his head restraint came loose. Due to safety concerns the Brit was forced to pit taking him out of contention for the race win. Luckily for Hamilton, his title rival Sebastian Vettel, who was running in second at the time also had to pit for his 10 second stop-go penalty meaning the Mercedes driver only lost two points in the championship to Vettel.
5. A Podium Finish for Lance Stroll
What a difference a few races make for Lance Stroll. After failing to score a single point in the first six races of the season, the young Canadian scored his first points in F1 at his home race before making history in Baku by finishing on the podium in third. The podium finish for Stroll means he becomes the youngest rookie in the history of the sport to finish on the podium at just 18 years and 239 days. The Canadian also got more than he bargained for on the podium when he drank champagne from race winner, Daniel Ricciardo’s boot as he became the latest victim of the shoey tradition!
You can watch full highlights of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix below.
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