Chaotic Azerbaijan GP red-flagged due to debris on track

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix was red-flagged after 22 laps on Sunday following chaotic scenes and multiple safety car periods that had left the track strewn with debris.

Chaotic Azerbaijan GP red-flagged due to debris on track

Following a relatively incident-free opening phase to the race – apart from a Turn 2 clash between Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen – the trigger for events came on lap 11 when Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso stopped with a mechanical problem on the hill section.

A decision was taken to bring out the safety car to allow marshals to help retrieve the Toro Rosso.

But the race turned into an incident-fest almost immediately at the safety car restart on lap 17, despite Lewis Hamilton getting away cleanly at the front.

Behind them, a number of brushes on the run to Turn 1 had left debris on the track and the safety was called out immediately again.

At the second restart, there was drama before the end of the lap when Hamilton and Vettel ran into each other on the exit of Turn 15 – a matter which is under investigation by the FIA.

When the cars got going again, there was drama at Turn 2 when Force India duo Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez collided, leaving more debris over the track that triggered Kimi Raikkonen to get a puncture.

The safety car was called out again but, amid concerns about the extent of debris on the track, F1 race director Charlie Whiting decided to bring the red flag out on lap 22.

The race will be restarted once the track has been cleared.

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