Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the surprise winner in the
Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 25, 2017 as chaos dominated a large part of the
race. But amidst the chaos, rookie Lance Stroll of Williams took his maiden
podium for his team, coming in third while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas stood
Among the big names, championship leader Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis
Hamilton to fourth place. This is despite the fact that he was penalised for
dangerous driving as he had hit his Mercedes rival Hamilton’s car from behind
the safety car.
For the spectators, it was an afternoon of non-stop drama at
the Baku City Circuit. At one stage in the race, Ricciardo had an early pit stop to have debris
cleared from his brakes which led him to drop to 17th place. When the safety
car was deployed for the first time after the 13th lap, it was
Hamilton who was leading, with Vettel of Ferrari behind him. By then Daniil
Kvyat had to deal with a broken Toro Rosso car.
After the race resumed, just three laps later, the two cars
of Force India collided because Esteban Ocon made an aggressive Turn 2 pass on
team mate Sergio Perez. The safety car
was deployed and the debris had to be cleaned. Eventually, for Force India, Esteban
Ocon came in sixth in the race while his teammate Sergio Perez had to retire.
More hits and several retirements later, the race ended with
Red Bull’s Ricciardo winning the race at Baku. Those who did not finish the
race include Kimi Räikkönen of Ferrari, Sergio Peres of Force India, Felipe
Massa of Williams, Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Max Verstappen of Red Bull
racing, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Jolyon Palmer of Renault.
This race will be remembered not for this win, but for the unsavoury
clash between Hamilton and Vettel.
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