June 25, 2017 – Red Bull’s Daniel Riccirado claimed his first victory in the 2017 Formula 1 world championship season in a chaotic race in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.

Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton looked set for victory, but a loose headrest forced him to enter the pits and have it changed, while Sebastian Vettel, who was running 2nd at the time, received a stop/go penalty for deliberately hitting Hamilton’s car behind the safety car. Vettel was furious as Hamilton tried to back the field up,  which resulted in contact between the two, and led to Vettel’s actions.

Hamilton’s mishap and Vettel’s penalty gave Daniel Riccirado the lead of the race; he then cruised to a comfortable victory.

Vettel and Hamilton ended up 4th and 5th respectively, while Valtteri Bottas, who dropped to last place on the first lap of the race following contact with Kimi Raikkonen, made a fantastic comeback and a last-second overtake on Lance Stroll to claim 2nd as the latter settled for 3rd place – his first ever podium.

The race featured several safety car periods and a red flag that halted the race due to debris on the circuit.

Full results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 2h03m55.573s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 3.904s
3 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 4.009s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 5.976s
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 6.188s
6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 30.298s
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 41.753s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 49.400s
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 59.551s
10 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m29.093s
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.794s
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m32.160s
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Not running
Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes Retirement
Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes Retirement
Nico Hulkenberg Renault Accident
Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Retirement
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Jolyon Palmer Renault Retirement

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