Sunday, 25 June 2017

Daniel Ricciardo wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel was penalised for driving into Lewis Hamilton in a chaotic and incident-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix but the German still extended his title lead as a loose head restraint cost the Briton victory.

A remarkable race that featured three safety cars and several crashes, including clashes between team-mates, was won by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku to gain Red Bull's first win of the season
Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo triumphed in front of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas (left) and Williams' Lance Stroll as he celebrates with champagne

Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty for swerving into Hamilton's Mercedes as they prepared for a re-start at the end of one of three safety car periods.
But the time Hamilton lost being forced to pit for a new head restraint put him behind Vettel. He followed him past a number of cars as they recovered positions, and closed up as the race entered its final lap, but the Englishman was not able to pass.

Hamilton ended up finishing fifth, a place behind Ferrari's Vettel, and lost two points to the German. He is 14 points behind after eight of 20 races.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was last and lapped after the first lap, passed Williams driver Lance Stroll for second on the final straight as the 18-year-old Canadian scored his first podium in his eighth race after a mature drive.


BBC     News.

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