Vettel is a disgrace; prove you're a man, says Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton branded world championship leader Sebastian Vettel as a "disgrace" and challenged the German to "prove you're a man" after he deliberately crashed into him in Sunday's tempestuous Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Four-time world champion Vettel was given a 10-second stop-go penalty for driving his Ferrari into the back of Hamilton's Mercedes while they were following the safety car after 19 laps on the Baku street circuit.
Hamilton, who was leading after making a clean start from the 66th pole position of his career, had initially slowed to avoid the slow-moving safety car ahead of him, an action that may have caused Vettel to drive into the rear of his Mercedes. This damaged both cars -- loosening further the head-rest in Hamilton's car so severely that he was ordered to pit on safety grounds for repairs — and caused Vettel to lose his temper by pulling alongside Hamilton and then turning into him. "I think it's just not the correct driver conduct," said Hamilton, picking his words as he spoke to reporters.
"It's dangerous driving and to get a 10-seconds penalty for that... I don't need to say anything else."
Vettel, who had accused the Briton of brake-checking him, had served his penalty during the race after the stewards decided his actions added up to "dangerous driving". Hamilton was not reprimanded or punished.