“I think it’s going to sink in tomorrow morning”.
Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing won the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Hamilton appeared to stop in front of Vettel, causing a collision, before the German drove up alongside Hamilton and swerved back into him.
In a stop-start race, the safety vehicle came out three times in quick succession before a red flag stopped the race near the midway point because debris littered the track.
“It was just a insane race, we knew the podium was a chance after the restart and then we heard about the problems with Lewis and Seb”, Ricciardo said.
Hamilton also denied the accusation that he had deliberately “brake-tested” his rival, arguing that he was merely “controlling the pace”.
Following a 20-minute red-flag stoppage, Stroll found himself in fourth when Williams teammate Felipe Massa retired with a broken rear damper.
“It was just a insane race, with all the safety cars and the chaos”, Ricciardo said.
Indeed it seemed the Australian could hardly believe his luck.
Stroll was pipped to second spot on the line by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas but at 18 years 239 days old he is the youngest driver to make the podium in his first Formula One season.
He was still giggling later on a freakish podium, Bottas had come from a lap-down to claim second while Stroll, at 18 years and 239 days became the youngest driver to make the podium in his first Formula One season.
“It was fun to be in the battle for the most part and towards the end, obviously once I got the lead it was just trying to keep the laps I could”.
“I don’t listen to that stuff, it’s just people talking”, Stroll said defiantly Sunday, when asked if the criticism affected him.
Jacques Villeneuve, the great Canadian victor of the 1997 F1 World Championship, had suggested Stroll might be one of F1’s “worst rookies in history” – even after he took points in Montreal.
“Stroll’s first podium so he certainly deserves one… is he old enough to drink?”
The race also saw Fernando Alonso finish ninth to claim McLaren’s first points of the season.