Vettel’s clash with Hamilton led to a penalty that would have given Hamilton a comfortable lead.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won the chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix that saw Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton controversially clashing behind the safety car. The clash led to a penalty for Vettel that would have given Hamilton an easy win had the Mercedes' headrest not come loose.

Ricciardo, who qualified 10th, looked out of contention after stopping early to have debris cleared out of a brake duct. The race was immediately suspended a little while later, once again due to debris in several parts of the circuit, and another chaotic restart followed a few laps later.

Vettel made contact with the rear of Hamilton's car as the leader tried to back the pack up for the restart. He even pulled alongside Hamilton and gesticulated at his rival on the exit of Turn 15, while Ferrari whacked against Hamilton’s car. Later in the race, Hamilton was called to the pits for a loose headrest to be replaced and Vettel's 10-second stop-go penalty was imposed. This meant, Ricciardo was left free to lead to the finish, while Vettel and Hamilton could do no better than fourth and fifth, catching the Bottas/Stroll battle on the final lap.

1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 2h03m55.573s
2    Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 3.904s
3    Lance Stroll    Williams/Mercedes    4.009s
4    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari    5.976s
5    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes    6.188s
6    Esteban Ocon    Force India/Mercedes 30.298s
7    Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari    41.753s
8    Carlos Sainz     Toro Rosso/Renault 49.400s
9    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda    59.551s
10 Pascal Wehrlein    Sauber/Ferrari    1m29.093s
11    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari    1m31.794s
12    Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m32.160s
13     Romain Grosjean     Haas/Ferrari    1 Lap
14     Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari     Not running
- Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes Retirement
- Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes Retirement


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