Hamilton says Vettel "disgraced himself" with swerve

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at F1 World Championship rival Sebastian Vettel for swerving into him under safety car conditions in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, saying it sets a bad example for F1 and future generations.

Hamilton says Vettel "disgraced himself" with swerve
 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing, celebrates his victory in parc ferme ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08 leads Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H
The safety car lines-up in the pit lane ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1

Hamilton finished fifth in Baku, following an extra pitstop to reattach a loose headrest, one spot behind Vettel, who received a 10-second stop/go penalty for their collision.

Hamilton and Vettel were running 1-2 just before a restart, when Vettel ran into the back of Hamilton at Turn 15 – and accused him of brake-testing him.

Vettel threw his hands into the air, then drew alongside Hamilton and swerved into the side of him. Hamilton fumed: "Vettel literally just came alongside and hit me."

After the race, Hamilton said: "It definitely sets a precedent, I think, within F1 and it also does for all the young kids that are watching us drive and conduct ourselves. And they've seen today how a four-time champion behaves.

"And I think hopefully that doesn't ripple into the younger categories."

When asked if he had brake-checked Vettel intentionally, Hamilton replied: "I didn't. I controlled the pace.

"Like all the other restarts, I slowed down in the same spot. He was obviously sleeping and drove into the back of me. That wasn't, for me, an issue.

"Driving alongside and deliberately driving into another driver and getting away pretty much scot-free as he still came fourth, I think that's a disgrace. I think he disgraced himself today."

When told Vettel – who also received 3 penalty points on his racing licence – had said that the sport is for men, he replied: "If he wants to prove that he's a man, I think we should do it out of the car face to face.

"Driving dangerously which in any way can put another driver at risk... we were going slow, if we'd been going fast it could've been a lot worse.

"Imagine all the young kids that are watching Formula 1 today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. I think that says it all."

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