Hamilton will leave it to the track

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says he will do his talking on the track following a clash with Sebastian Vettel in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Mecredes AMG Petronas driver was bumped into by Vettel in a race won by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Personally, I want to do my talking on the track and win this championship in the right way

Lewis Hamilton

Brackley team-mate Valtteri Bottas fought back from 20th on lap one to snatch second place on the finish line at the Baku City Circuit.

Hamilton came home in fifth after a pit stop for a loose headrest dropped him from the lead. Hamilton is on 139 points but now trails Vettel by 14 points in the FIA F1 Drivers’ Championship with Bottas a further 28 points back in P3

Mercedes-AMG Petronas still lead the FIA F1 Constructors’ Championship by 24 points from Ferrari.

Hamilton said: “I know the team will be devastated about the issue with the headrest but what we have to take away from this weekend is the great performance we have shown.

“We all feel that pain but it’s on me to gather my thoughts and try and lead the team through this adversity.

“We’ll pull together and move forwards. I’m proud of my performance and I hope we can take the speed we’ve shown this weekend forward.

“I definitely didn’t brake-test Sebastian [Vettel]. I controlled the pace under the safety car and, just like with the other restarts, I slowed down in the same place on the entry to turn 15. At that point, it is up to me to control the pace and then I felt a bump from behind.

“But we know that when times get tough, true colours show, and we have managed to apply some good pressure in the last weeks. Personally, I want to do my talking on the track and win this championship in the right way.”

Bottas added: “We didn’t quite manage to win but second from where we were is a great feeling. We scored more points in the fight with Ferrari and I got some good points for myself as well.”