Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Ricciardo terms Vettel as 'passion, hunger driven'

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Spencer Simpson | 28 June, 2017, 01:30

Earlier, a furious Hamilton branded Vettel a "disgrace" following the episode and challenged him to settle their argument "out of the car". Lewis said that Sebastian "disgraced" himself with his actions... 'When you hit somebody up the a*** it is your fault. "This I don't understand, because he's insane". Vettel is a decent guy, normally. Therefore what he did after I don't understand. Lewis will hit him one day. "Not with the auto but with his fist", he said.

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his win in parc ferme as Sebastian Vettel walks past during the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on Sunday.

Auto Motor und Sport quoted a Baku race steward as saying they "almost" chose to disqualify Vettel during the race.

"If he wants to prove he is a man we should do it out of the auto, face-to-face".

Vettel thought Hamilton had slammed the brakes on intentionally — which is known as brake-testing — which Hamilton denied.

Hamilton, who lost victory in the race because he had to pit to have a loose head restraint fixed, responded: "I didn't [brake-test him]".

Vettel acknowledged that he overreacted in the heat of the moment.

"They can't then possibly give consistency to either the disciplinary actions or have the knowledge that is required to make judgements that could affect the outcome of world championships. It cements the rivalry between them for the rest of the season".

"I think driving dangerously, which in any way can put another driver at risk... luckily we were going slowly, if we were going fast it could have been a lot worse".

He finished fourth, one place ahead of Hamilton, who was leading easily until safety padding on the side of the cockpit of the Englishman's vehicle came adrift, forcing him to make an unscheduled pit stop to have it re-affixed.

Amid widespread condemnation of Vettel's rage Ricciardo expressed some sympathy for Vettel, in the midst of the German's world title battle with Hamilton and the disruptions to the race. If I was Lewis, I would speak to Sebastian and ask him what is wrong.

"For him to pretty much get away with driving into another driver is a disgrace", Hamilton, 32, said.

"As a team we can only look at that as a positive for us", Hamilton said.

The team added, however, that the weekend had also shown that the engineers were getting to grips with a auto described as a "diva" by Wolff after a bad Monaco weekend. You can never take the law into your own hands, certainly not in sport.

Vettel was handed a 10-second stop-go penalty, plus three penalty points on his licence, when deemed to have driven in a potentially unsafe manner by swerving into Hamilton ahead of a safety auto restart while furious at what he felt had been a brake-test. It could not be clearer.

'It is as clear as blue skies.

"Ultimately what happened was disrespectful". Imagine all the young kids watching today, seeing that kind of behaviour from a world champion.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said as much after a insane afternoon that saw mutual respect and camaraderie tossed aside amid angry accusations.

'Nobody wanted to see the schmoozing anyway, so now the gloves are off, ' said Wolff. The sport needs the rivalry. What we have seen today is the ingredient of a great championship.

TW: They are warriors!

Speaking immediately after the race, Vettel appeared to dismiss he'd run into Hamilton intentionally after their initial clash and felt both he and Hamilton needed to show maturity to discuss the issue before moving on in Austria in two weeks time. "I don't have a problem with him", he said. "I will talk to him when you (the media) are not there and then we move on". "In all my career I've had team-mates who have been hard, but given enough room".

"I am willing to sort it out with him".

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