The Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2017

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2017

Winner: Daniel Ricciardo

Second Place: Valtteri Bottas

Third Place: Lance Stroll

Fans Driver of the Day: Lance Stroll

My Team(s) of the Day: Red Bull & Williams

Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel, 1:43:441

Driver(s) who had a Disaster Day: Max Verstappen, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat and Jolyon Palmer.

 

CRASH, BOOM, BANG!

 

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix did not disappoint. There was action around every corner. Seven drivers did not finish the race. Renault was the only team where both drivers did not finish. Three safety cars and one red flag.

The talking point of the entire race was the rather fierce battle between Vettel and Hamilton. As a result of them colliding, Vettel receiving a penalty and then Hamilton having to pit for a safety concern the podium places were left for the rest of the pack to fight over.

Hamilton was controlling the race pace and when exiting turn 15 and ‘brake tested’ Vettel. Ham was deemed not to have done anything wrong in the end. Vettel as a result of Hamilton braking hit the back of his car and damaged part of his front wing. A very angry Vettel then pulled up alongside the Brit and raised his hands to show his annoyance at the move. In doing this Vettel’s Ferrari came into contact with Hamilton’s Mercedes. The FIA ruled that Vettel had driven in an unsafe way and was given a 10 second stop and go penalty. Hamilton later on was then told that his head restraint had come loose he was unable to reattach it himself and was forced to pit for safety concerns. This meant that Hamilton ended up behind Vettel even though the German had been given a penalty. This obviously further angered Lewis.

Drivers and the media have been split in their views of who was too blame. Hamilton may have been trying to mess with Vettel but Vettel’s actions were unacceptable. It is highly unlikely the German intentionally meant to come into contact with Hamilton as this could have resulted in Vettel damaging his car further.

The gloves are well and truly off. The smiles and jokes from this point on might be few and far between. Vettel behaved the worst on-track but Hamilton undoubtedly made up for this in his post-race remarks. Hamilton said that Vettel “disgraced himself”. Hamilton went on to further say “If he wants to prove he’s a man, we should do it out of the car face-to-face. Driving dangerously in any way can put another driver at risk”. Hamilton insinuated that if he was to face Vettel at that time I could turn into a fight. His statements were not exactly in good sportsmanship manor. Hamilton then went on to say “Luckily we were going slow. If we were going fast it could have been a lot worse. Imagine all the kids watching Formula 1 today and seeing that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. It says it all”. “We had the upper hand this weekend. We can continue to move forwards in the future. Through difficult times true colours show, so it is a good day for me.” Hamilton comments are contradictory as he pulls Vettel up for bad behaviour and setting  a bad example but then ham went on to say when asked if he thought Vettel might apologise “I don’t fancy seeing him. It might turn into something else.”

Vettel’s comments were surprisingly a little bit more level headed. Vettel said the fight was “still respectful”, adding: “I don’t have a problem with him. It is just one action today that was wrong. Vettel also said “I am willing to sort it out with him. I don’t think there is much to sort out. I will talk to him when you (the media) are not there and then we move on.”

They seemed to switch after the race. A calm ham seemed to think a fight was immanent and Vettel tried to reiterate that it was still going to continue as a respectful battle for the championship.

The Vettel Hamilton drama seemed to overshadow the race. Huge congratulations to the three highly unlikely podium finishers. Riccardo did well to stay out of trouble and finish the race at P1. Bottas at the beginning of the race made contact with Raikkonen and suffered some damage and after having to pit he was in last place. He also managed to stay out of trouble and continued to push right to the end and secured his second place with the finish line in sight. Bottas and Stroll finished side by side the young Canadian did well to maintain second place towards the end of the race but he was pipped at the post. It was still a phenomenal day for the rookie getting his first ever podium finish in F1.

 

Austria will be very interesting…

 

Results

 

Position Driver Team Points
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 18
3 Lance Stroll Williams 15
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 12
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 10
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 8
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 6
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 4
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 2
10 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 0
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 0
13 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 0
R Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0
R Sergio Perez Force India 0
R Felipe Massa Williams 0
R Nico Hulkenburg Renault 0
R Max Verstappen Red Bull 0
R Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 0
R Jolyon Palmer Renault 0

 

Sources Accessed:

Benson, A. (2017, 06 25). Azerbaijan GP: Sebastian Vettel hits Lewis Hamilton as Daniel Ricciardo wins. Retrieved 06 26, 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/40398590

Benson, A. (2017, 06 25). Lewis Hamilton calls Sebastian Vettel ‘a disgrace’ after Azerbaijan GP collision. Retrieved 06 26, 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/40400301

 

Azerbaijan Qualifying Results 2017

Azerbaijan Qualifying Results 2017

Position Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.593
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:41.027
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:41.693
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:41.841
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:41.879
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:42.111
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:42.186
8 Lance Stroll Williams 1:42.753
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:42.798
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:43.414
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:43.186
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1:43.347
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 1:43.796
14 Nico Hulkenburg Renault 1:44.267
15 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:44.603
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:44.334
17 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:44.468
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:44.795
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:45.030
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault

Top Qualifier: Lewis Hamilton Second Place: Valtteri Bottas

Third Place: Kimi Raikkonen

Star Driver of Qualifying: Lance Stroll

Star Team of Qualifying: Force India

Driver(s) who had a Disaster Qualifying: Jolyon Palmer, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

Jolyon Palmer’s car caught fire in third practice and he was unable to compete in qualifying.