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Formula One: Greed almost cost me Baku pole, says Lewis Hamilton

Formula One: Greed almost cost me Baku pole, says Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton took a stunning pole in Baku, 0.4s quicker than teammate Valtteri Bottas, as the world champions finished a full second up on title rivals Ferrari. "Second place is not bad though".

Stroll, who made his debut this season, becomes the first Canadian to take a podium spot in Formula One since Jacques Villeneuve in 2001. "It was all or nothing but the lap just got better and better throughout", BBC quoted Hamilton as saying.

Yet despite his 10-second stop-and-go penalty - after the stewards in Baku deemed Vettel's actions to be risky - the German still managed to extend his title lead to 14 points after Hamilton was forced into an unscheduled pit stop when his headrest came loose.

This season, Formula 1 heads to the Azerbaijan capital of Baku for the European Grand Prix, hoping for an improved race - but not honestly expecting much.

The Hamilton-Vettel incident is under investigation.

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel dramatically collided on two occasions during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Vettel then drives up the inside of Hamilton and touches him wheel-to-wheel.

"In the end I'm disappointed to lose the pole position, as that was definitively the target for me today, but I'm really proud".

Bottas held the advantage over Hamilton after the Briton made a mistake during his first shot at pole in the top-10 shootout.

"It was just a insane race, with all the safety cars and the chaos", Ricciardo said.

Max Verstappen failed to finish for the fourth time in the last six races; while Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez and three others had to quit. The Briton, who led Vettel, backed off to let the safety vehicle pull away and the German ran into his rear - to his fury.

Bottas had run a lap down after a collision with Kimi Raikkonen - but allowed to unlap himself during one of the race's many interruptions.

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Earlier, in an eventful P3, Bottas was fastest. "Just didn't get them to work as well as Lewis".

At about the same time, the safety auto came out for the first time because Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso was stalled on the side of the track.

Fernando Alonso was the biggest casualty as he missed to Pascal Wehrlein by the narrowest of margins, while Romain Grosjean's late push for survival was hindered when he scraped the wall at Turn 15 and came off at Turn 2. Out came the red flag as his stricken machine was recovered, and up went the pressure on everyone. I did not feel comfortable going into the first corner and could not push so hard.

Ocon, Raikkonen and Perez all had to pit for repairs. Massa did actually hit the Azerbaijani wall, but so slightly it only caused sparks to fly. Both Ferraris did well to take the second row from Verstappen and both Force Indias. A safety auto was deployed on lap 12, for the first time.

Vettel was penalised by the race stewards.

He will serve a mammoth 40-place grid drop, while his McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne has been penalised by 30 places following a raft of new parts on his engine, too.

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