Lewis Hamilton wins in Azerbaijan after Red Bull crash

Lewis Hamilton wins in Azerbaijan after Red Bull crash

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took the second place while Force India's Sergio Perez took home the third place.

A late safety auto period brought about by a clash between both Aston Martin Red Bull drivers saw Valtteri Bottas take the lead, having served his only pit-stop behind the safety vehicle.

In the surrounding chaos, Sergey Sirotkin was also contacted and he went down an escape road while Raikkonen limped back to the Ferrari pits.

Lewis Hamilton eventually claimed top spot on the podium after what turned out to be one of the most dramatic races of recent times with a third of the field failing to make it to the chequered flag.

Hamilton could not quite stay with Vettel and his hopes appeared to be over when he locked his wheels going into Turn One on lap 22.

The Red Bulls continued providing thrills as they fought for fourth, Ricciardo passing Verstappen outside Turn One before the Dutch tyro regained the place inside Turn Two. Sebastian eventually followed suit on Lap 30, but Valtteri stayed out - Mercedes figured his worst result would be third but that a well-timed safety auto would allow him to make a free pit stop and keep his lead from the Ferrari. But as the Red Bulls pitted two laps apart Verstappen somehow ended up in front.

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The incident effectively ended the second Mercedes' prospects of winning the Azerbaijan GP, but promoted Hamilton to the lead, which he comfortably retained till the end of the 51 lap race.

"I have really mixed emotions as there were a lot of faults in the race and I struggled with the auto", Hamilton added. But, as Verstappen moved to his left to cover off his team-mate, Ricciardo lost control of his vehicle under braking and thudded into the back of his team-mate.

Valtteri Bottas reckons he would need 10 pints of beer to get over the heart-breaking puncture which cost him victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Raikkonen's team-mate Vettel, who started from pole, took fourth place. I tried to come back, at certain moments I felt good, but I struggled a bit with the tires to keep them warm enough.

"Oh my god! It just blew up on me", he said as he retired his W09. Lewis (Hamilton) was on the right so I can't close on him. However, it was Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, who lost the most after a puncture ruined what looked like a win for sure.

Fernando Alonso finished seventh for McLaren ahead of Canadian Lance Stroll of Williams, Stoffel Vandoorne in the second McLaren and New Zealand's Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso who scored his first point in F1.

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