It's a rivalry that's been brewing since the start of the season, but yesterday's (June 25th) Azerbaijan Grand Prix may have been the boiling point in a growing feud between F1 title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
The race saw an unexpected victory for Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, but arguably the biggest talking point of the weekend were the actions of Vettel, as he hit Hamilton not once, but twice as the pair vied for the race lead on lap 20.
Vettel was accused of deliberately driving into his rival in a race that was dominated by safety cars and was even red flagged at one point.
For his actions, the German received a ten-second stop-go penalty, but after the race Hamilton was visibly upset with what he deemed to be behaviour that was wholly unbecoming of a multiple world champion.
Vettel finished in fourth and Hamilton fifth – after being called in by the stewards from the race lead to repair a loose headrest – meaning the pair are now separated by just 14 points at the top of the drivers' standings.
Finally, one impressive performance that is worthy of note was that of Williams' Lance Stroll, who capitalised on the frantic and unpredictable conditions to guide home his car to a first-ever podium finish in third, behind Ricciardo and Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: "What a season we've enjoyed so far, with wheel-to-wheel action in every race. Now, with Vettel and Hamilton coming together in Azerbaijan, we can't wait to see how the pair react as the pressure really begins to mount in what is another thrilling year of Formula One!"
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