Hamilton challenges Vettel to settle their argument ‘out of the car’
Furious Lewis Hamilton branded Sebastien Vettel a “disgrace” and challenged him to settle their argument “out of the car” as the Formula One title race turned ugly in Baku.
The Brit was left raging after Vettel drove into the back of him under the safety car. The German driver then pulled alongside the Mercedes racer and bumped him, accusing Hamilton of braking erratically.
Vettel has later hit with a 10-second stop-go penalty.
“I didn’t brake check him at Hamilton said.
“For him to pretty much get away with driving into another driver, is a disgrace. I think he disgraced himself today.
“If he wants to prove he is a man we should do it out of the car, we should face to face.
“Imagine all the young kids watching today, seeing that kind of behavior from a world champion.
“I think it’s just not driver conduct. all,” It’s dangerous driving and to get a 10-second penalty for that... I don’t need to say anything else.”
Vettel protested his innocence and added: “Nothing happened, did it? He brake checked me as well, so what do you expect?
I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose but for sure it was not the right move. If I’m struggling, people at the back struggling even more, so I don’t think it was necessary.
“I got damage, he risked damage. He’s done something similar in China at the restart a couple of years ago so it’s not the way to do it, I think.
“I passed him because he pitted it. After the incident, we were side by side, I raised my hand and told him, well I didn’t say anything, but showed him that I wasn’t happy with that.”
The incident dominated a race which saw Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo with 18-year-old Lance Stroll in third.