Vettel a disgrace says Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton feels Sebastian Vettel reaction shows psychological weakness

"I'm just lost for words", said Stroll, who earned his first podium finish.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo profited from the chaos to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, while Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton.

Battle lines The battle lines were drawn the moment Vettel went into the back of Hamilton's Mercedes during the second of three safety auto periods, the German shaking his fists and pulling alongside to bang wheels in a gesture that looked a lot like "road rage".

"If you overtake somebody and drive into him as a mistake, fine, but this was deliberately in a phase of the race where you are driving slow".

The Briton denied that and said Vettel's driving was "disgusting" and "not sportsman's conduct".

The 29-year-old was also given three penalty points on his licence, taking him up to nine. If he receives another three at the next race in Austria on 7-9 July, it would trigger an automatic ban for the British Grand Prix a week later.

Hamilton was not penalised. The governing FIA confirmed that Hamilton's vehicle data showed he "maintained a consistent speed and behaved in the same manner on that occasion as in all the other re-starts during the race".

The stewards at the Azerbaijan GP found no evidence in the telemetry data to prove Sebastian Vettel's claim that Lewis Hamilton brake-tested him behind the Safety Car.

Vettel then pulled alongside Hamilton and swerved into him, banging wheels.

However, Hamilton said Vettel's actions set a "precedent" for impressionable young racers coming through the ranks, and others agree that the FIA may still act. "On the cool-down lap, I was just giggling like a schoolboy". "That shows that often pressure can get to even some of the best of us".

"You look at a year ago and some of the things he's come and said on the radio. I drove alongside him and raised my hand to say that is not the way to do it and we had a little contact". No question. But then to drive next to him and hit him on goal, I have never seen anything like this.

"(FIA president) Jean Todt won't like me saying this, but I don't think it is as professionally handled as it should be".

"Now is not the right time to talk". It is not the way to do it. He's the leader, and it was too early for him to accelerate.

Hamilton and Vettel have won a combined seven F1 titles and more than 100 races. Told of Vettel's planned call, Hamilton said: "He doesn't have my number".

Hamilton, who had dominated after a strong start from his 66th pole position, was also undone by a loose headrest that caused him to be ordered to pit for repairs, for safety reasons. I controlled the pace.

At that stage, Hamilton led the street race after making a clean start from the pole position and was slowed down by the safety auto ahead of him and in attempts at avoiding crashing into the safety vehicle, the British driver slowed down at the turn.

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

Despite getting the 10-second penalty Vettel insisted that he did not intend to hit his world championship rival and felt both of them should have got a penalty. If we were going fast it could have been a lot worse. Imagine all the kids watching Formula 1 today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion.

Asked if things had got dirty in the title fight, Hamilton said: "Not for me".

"I will continue to do so and I want to do the talking on the track". We can continue to move forwards in the future. It is just one action today that was wrong.

"I'm willing to sort it out with him, I don't think there's much to sort out". "I didn't run into the back of him on objective".

Hamilton's rivalry with Vettel this season had been noted for its cordiality, but that changed in an instant against the backdrop of Caspian Sea. "It might turn into something else".

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