Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton Wins A Chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix As The Two Red Bulls Collide

| April 30 , 2018 , 12:23 IST

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday in a race filled with chaotic incidents. With this win Hamilton takes the Driver’s Championship, leading Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by four points.

The race had seven retirements due to tricky conditions and crashes.

The 33-year-old British, who had struggled for outright pace, managed to steer his Mercedes through a chaotic race and capitalize on others' misfortunes to register his 63rd victory in his career.

Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari looked set to turn pole position into a victory until a second Safety Car intervention left him lunging to pass Valtteri Bottas and locked up and ran off.

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Bottas suffered a rear right tyre puncture as he ran over some bits of debris on the track. His teammate Lewis Hamilton inherited the lead and guided the team home for their first win of the 2018 season.

"That was quite an emotional race, to be honest. Valtteri deserved to have the win and also Sebastian did a great job. I was very fortunate today so it feels a bit odd to me to be here." said Hamilton.

The story of the race, however, was the collision of the two Red Bull drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Running fourth and fifth, both of them were jostling to one-up each other the entire race in a thrilling wheel-to-wheel action.

After pitting for fresher tyres, Daniel Ricciardo looked to overtake Max Verstappen but instead rammed into his team-mate under braking for Turn One on lap 41. This cost Red Bull valuable points and their team chief Christian Horner was left in disdain with this calamity.

“They both recognise that they screwed up today and will be apologising to the team and to all members of the team. We allow them to race and allow them to go wheel-to-wheel. We spoke to them in team meetings about giving each other space. This was the culmination of two guys taking things into their own hands, which shouldn't have happened.”

Force India’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez secured team’s first podium in two years as he crossed the finish line behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

The first four races in the 2018 season have been unpredictable, with surprises along the way. With the next race being the Spanish Grand Prix, a race where historically all the teams bring significant upgrades, the Formula 1 season continues to bamboozle fans and viewers with its ‘Engineered Insanity’.