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Gloves are off between Hamilton and Vettel

26 June 2017

The race was temporarily stopped after 22 laps because of debris littered across the Baku city circuit.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton twice made contact with each other behind the safety auto during Sunday's Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The controversial flashpoint of the race - and arguably the entire 2017 Formula One season so far - occurred when Vettel, irate in his belief Hamilton had brake-tested him under the Safety Car, moved alongside and swerved into the Mercedes driver with his arms aloft in fury. Imagine all the kids watching Formula One today and seeing that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion.

Hamilton's comments were originally heard on Radio 5 live sport on Sunday and can be heard here.

"I am just happy with myself".

"I need some time to reflect on it all, but I think ultimately what happened was disrespectful", he added.

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Neither championship leader Vettel nor second place Hamilton managed a podium finish with Daniel Ricciardo clinching his first win of the season ahead of Valtteri Bottas and 18-year-old Lance Stroll in second and third respectively.

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

The two men came together at the end of the chaotic race's second Safety Car period.

Vettel refused to accept any blame for the incident and said he would call Hamilton to talk it over.

But Hamilton said: "I think it's just not driver conduct".

Vettel was incredulous when he learnt of the 10-second penalty on lap 32.

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"The leader dictates the pace but we were exiting the corner, he was accelerating and the he braked so much that I couldn't - I was braking as soon as I saw but I couldn't stop in time and ran in the back of him".

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

The second part of the incident came just a few feet down the road when, clearly furious that he believed Hamilton had brake tested him, Vettel pulled alongside to gesticulate at his championship rival, when he slammed his Ferrari into the side of the Mercedes.

"I didn't run into the back of him on goal". He's done something similar a few years ago in China so.

"The championship battle is still respectful".

"Nobody wanted to see the schmoozing anyway, so now the gloves are off", Wolff told Sky Sports. "I was controlling the pace so like all the other restarts I slowed down at the same spot but he was obviously sleeping so drove into the back of me", Hamilton said.

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"They're warriors and you're at war at that moment, fighting for the race win and the championship", Wolff said. "A multi-world champion should behave better than that. Maybe we've seen the limit of that respect today".

Gloves are off between Hamilton and Vettel