Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel? Legendary F1 trainer reveals who is better

The victor of the championship "Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Azerbaijan" - was the British pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton.

The unlikely top four finishing order of Hamilton, Raikkonen, Perez and Vettel meant that Hamilton now leads the championship from Vettel by four points.

Hamilton improved on his final hot lap in qualifying to narrow the gap to Vettel to 0.179 seconds, who was fortunate that Kimi Raikkonen could not upstage him after losing the rear of the auto at Turn 16.

Hamilton's Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was third with Australian Daniel Ricciardo, victor of a chaotic race in Baku past year and in China two weekends ago, qualifying fourth for Red Bull on an overcast and gusty evening. Carlos Sainz completed the top 5. On the next lap, his teammate Verstappen pitted and managed to come out ahead of Ricciardo.

Vettel gained an extra three seconds on Hamilton as a result and following the pair's respective pit stops, the German kept his lead over the defending world champion.

The Red Bulls continued providing thrills as they fought for fourth, Ricciardo passing Verstappen outside Turn One before the Dutch tyro regained the place inside Turn Two.

"I have really mixed emotions as there were a lot of faults in the race and I struggled with the vehicle", Hamilton added. Max Verstappen seized the initiative, overtaking Daniel Ricciardo with an aggressive move into Turn 2 after the first Safety Car restart. Five laps later with fresher tires, Ricciardo attempted to cleanly pass his teammate, but Verstappen blocked the move leading to contact between the two Red Bull drivers.

It forced the Finn out of the race and handed the lead to Hamilton with just three laps remaining.

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"I think at times during the race the pace was OK, but on the ultra-soft tyre at the end I didn't feel like I could challenge the cars in front".

Verstappen's vehicle was lifted briefly into the air and both battered Red Bulls skated down the escape road into retirement. Sergio Perez ("Force India") - +4,0244.

Hamilton's early pit stop gave him good warm tyres for the closing stages, even though those final laps were interrupted by the safety auto again.

A frustrated Hamilton complained about back markers, but began clawing back time, recorded a fastest lap and then saw Bottas go eight-tenths quicker.

That kept the safety vehicle out for another five laps. That delayed the restart, and when it came Vettel charged down the inside of Bottas but couldn't slow enough to make the corner and went onto a runoff area.

Romain Grosjean crashed under the safety auto on lap 42, sliding into the wall while weaving in an attempt to heat up his tires.

Vettel's attempt to respond backfired when he ran wide. It was his first win since last October. Charles Leclerc was a career-best sixth for Sauber.


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