Lewis Hamilton slams 'disgrace' rival driver following dangerous collision

Ross Houston
June 29, 2017

"Hamilton fell 14 points behind the German in the title race after his headset worked its way loose and forced him into an unscheduled pit stop, and the Mercedes driver said: "(This) was obviously a different Sebastian than we saw in those seven races, and I like to think that I remained respectful. Two senior members from other teams - who weren't involved in the incident - told me they felt that way after the race.

Vettel said after the race that he would seek Hamilton out once they had left Baku to talk the incident through. Without the headrest working loose, Hamilton would have been leading the championship after Vettel finished fourth following a penalty for banging wheels with his rival while following the safety auto.

Vettel remains at the top of the table, with a fourteen point lead over title rival Hamilton. In order to slow the pack of drivers behind him, Hamilton exited the turn 16 on lap 20 at a visibly slow speed. Nothing that would have impacted on the race.

"If he wants to prove he's a man, we should do it out of the vehicle face-to-face". "It was fun. Even when we got the red flag, I came on the radio and just was like "man this is fun, this is a good race".

We had a little contact, but I drove alongside him mostly to raise my hand. I'm willing to sort it out with him.

Although Vettel said he did not crash into Hamilton deliberately. the British think otherwise calling Vettel a disgrace for his lack of his sportsmanship. Driving dangerously can, in any way, put another driver at risk. Imagine all the young kids watching today - seeing that kind of behaviour from a world champion.

"We'll pull together and move forwards".

Lauda says the incident was out of character for Vettel.

"He (Vettel) is insane". In that case, it is Vettel's own fault that he ran into the back of Hamilton, so he had no need to be upset, much less slam into Hamilton because of it. "Not with the auto but with his fist".

"He went through the corner and went out of the throttle and Sebastian went into him". The stewards examined data from his vehicle and found that he had maintained a more or less constant speed, had not lifted off the throttle or braked, and had behaved no differently at that restart at that point on the track than at the other two restarts.

"After a few laps we had some debris I think in the brakes so we had to stop and clean it, so we dropped back to I think 17th place".

But despite the bitter asides, it was a race of thrills.

Ricciardo made some stunning passes to win the race, especially in the middle of the race when he overtook two cars in one bold move.

Moments later, Verstappen had to retire - from four of the past six races - because of engine problems.

Vettel accused Hamilton of brake-checking him.

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