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The gloves are off after Hamilton and Vettel's clash in Baku

26 June 2017, 06:35 | Doyle Barker

The 27-year-old Australian admitted he could hardly believe he had won and had been giggling with joy in his Red Bull auto after winning the race.

"To do that I don't understand". I don't have a radio to him.

Lewis Hamilton accused Formula One rival Sebastian Vettel of disgracing himself and deliberately driving into his auto as a bitter clash between the world championship rivals dominated Sunday's Grand Prix in Azerbaijan.

Despite Ricciardo's win, the race will be remembered for the angry confrontation between Vettel and Hamilton.

Lauda says the incident was out of character for Vettel.

"For him to pretty much get away with driving into another driver is a disgrace", Hamilton, 32, said.

Hamilton finished fifth, one place behind Vettel, and is now 14 points behind him in the title race after eight of this year's 20 races. "A multi-world champion should behave better than that".

Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty, but Hamilton lost valuable time changing a loose headrest at the same time that Vettel served his time penalty.

Vettel's assertion that Hamilton had "brake-tested" him, by slowing so suddenly that the Ferrari ran into the back of the Mercedes, was also undermined by the evidence.

"I really hope that kids don't see that and think that is the right way".

"Nobody can criticise the stewards because they are what they are, like a referee", he continued, referring to Hamilton's criticism of Charlie Whiting and the stewards for not coming down harder on Vettel, "but they could have done more, because I think it's the worst you can do".

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"Nothing happened, did it?"

Asked if Vettel should face FIA sanctions, the 78-year-old said: "There is room for more disciplinary action, but I have criticism about the stewarding at races". No question. But then to drive next to him and hit him on goal, I have never seen anything like this.

Vettel adjudged Hamilton to have brake-tested him during the second of three Safety Car periods in a frenetic race on the streets of Azerbaijan's capital city.

Esteban Ocon of Force India was sixth ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas, Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso, who also survived a first-lap collision, two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who scored McLaren's first points of the year in ninth, and Pascal Wehrlein of Sauber. "He was obviously sleeping and drove into the back of me".

The recently concluded Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2017 was one of the most entertaining races of the 2017 Formula One season.

"There are a different set of stewards at nearly every grand prix".

The fact Ricciardo won from 10th on the grid, and that Bottas clawed his way back from last following an early incident, summed up a freaky race.

On Sunday, he was only beaten to second place by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas on the final straight.

"If he wants to prove that he's a man, I think we should do it out of the auto face to face".

"I don't listen to that stuff, it is just noise". The problem is me right behind getting ready and all the other cars.

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