Duel at loggerheads between Hamilton and Vettel at the Grand F1 of Azerbaijan
The tension is rising several notches, Sunday, June 25, in the fight between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton for the world championship of formula 1, the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, a race that is completely crazy, won by Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Three safety cars, a red flag, a big incident between Vettel and Hamilton and a mano a mano final : the scenario offered by this Great Price, played for the second time in the streets of Baku, has been exceptional from the beginning to the end.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are rendering blow for blow, to the limit of the regulatory, recalling the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport : Niki Lauda and James Hunt in the 1970s, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the 1990’s or even Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in recent years.
The 22e round, for a third neutralization of the race behind a safety car, the Briton has significantly slowed, while the German was standing just behind him. The front of the Ferrari then crashed into the back of the silver Arrow. the ” But what is it ? “, has strongly reacted to Sebastian Vettel mid-race.
” He just told me to get into it “
Red of anger, it is then mounted to the height of its rival to explain with him. Their wheels are then encountered. the ” It just comes to me to get into it “, replied Lewis Hamilton.
This blood shot, with a gesture of the hand a little courteous to the intention of his opponent, was expensive to Vettel : a penalty of 10 seconds with the obligation to go to the pit.
” Ten seconds for what he has done for me, this is a small price to pay “, has pestered Hamilton on the radio.
The clash between the two cars has forced the race marshals to leave the red flag, a first in F1 since march 2016 and the Australian Grand Prix, after a violent accident between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez.
Just before the jury’s decision to penalize Sebastian Vettel, the British triple world champion (2008, 2014 and 2015), had also been forced to return to the pits due to a safety attachment poorly related to the level of his neck.
the two rivals for the world crown found themselves one behind the other, with Vettel in first, for fifteen rounds of any beauty, dating all one of the slower drivers to move closer to the podium. Hamilton has not had time to attempt an attack on his rival, but has been reglued in two laps from the chequered flag, thus offering a final moment of suspense.
Stroll on the podium at 18 years of age
The four-time German world champion (2010 to 2013) has stood up, and took the opportunity to reinforce two points to his lead in the general standings of the championship of the world, more than ever, tense and exciting, the fourteen points separating the two men.
This race within the race was relegated to the second plan, the success of Daniel Ricciardo, who has won the fifth victory of his career, the first since the Malaysian Grand Prix in October 2016. It is also the first victory of the season for the team Red Bull.
Although doubled in the last meters of the race by the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), finally second, the young Canadian Lance Stroll (Williams), third, can rejoice. At 18, he became the second youngest driver to climb up on a podium in formula 1, after the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who had also done so in 2016.