Daniel Ricciardo survived a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix to claim his fifth Formula 1 race win on Sunday as title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel came to blows.

Contact with Hamilton behind the safety car resulted in a penalty for Vettel, while the Briton's hopes of victory were ended by a second pit stop after the headrest on his Mercedes car came loose.

This among other incidents allowed Ricciardo to rise through the order and assume the lead when the title rivals dropped back, coming home to win his fifth grand prix and take Red Bull's first victory of the season.

Ricciardo led home Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, who was a lap down early on, and Williams' Lance Stroll, who managed to keep himself out of trouble and claim a remarkable podium finish.

Hamilton appeared to be in control of the race early on with Vettel in tow after a clash between Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 2 left both Finns with damage. While Raikkonen was able to continue, Bottas was forced to pit for repairs, leaving him a lap down on the field.

Hamilton opened up a gap of three seconds over Vettel nearing the first round of pit stops which were sparked by a safety car period called after Daniil Kvyat stopped in his Toro Rosso, bunching the field up.

A second safety car was called less than a lap after the race restarted due to debris, with Hamilton opting to slow the field down as it neared returning to green after almost passing the safety car on the first restart. The Briton caught Vettel out, with the two making contact at Turn 15.

Angered by the apparent brake test, Vettel moved to the side of Hamilton and steered towards the Mercedes, causing the pair to make contact a second time. More contact between cars on the restart - including a clash between Force India team-mates Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon - left the track littered with debris, forcing the stewards to red flag the race.

The race resumed 25 minutes later with Hamilton still leading from Vettel, but the stewards were still to have their say on the clash between the pair. Unimpressed by the move, the stewards ultimately handed Vettel a 10-second stop/go penalty, ending his hopes of victory.

Moments before the penalty was announced, Hamilton also saw his win hopes fade after the headrest on his Mercedes W08 began to come loose, forcing the team to pit as a precaution. Having both pitted, Vettel sat seventh ahead of Hamilton in eighth, both on the comeback trail.

All of this saw Ricciardo move into the lead of the race, a double-pass on the Williams pair of Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa being key to his rise to P1. Chaos had reigned, but Ricciardo kept his cool all the while, easing home 3.9 seconds clear of the field at the chequered flag for his fifth grand prix victory.

While Massa was forced to retire, Stroll managed to keep pushing for Williams, coming under pressure from the recovering Bottas - who had unlapped himself under the safety car - in the closing stages.

Bottas and Stroll's fight went all the way to the finish line, with the Mercedes driver winning the drag race and taking second place by just 0.1 seconds. Stroll was left third, still overjoyed at taking his first F1 podium at just 18 years old.

Vettel and Hamilton fought their way through to fourth and fifth at the chequered flag, separated by just 0.2 seconds at the line. After nosing ahead, Vettel has extended his championship lead to 14 points.

Esteban Ocon took sixth for Force India, recovering from the clash with Perez that left him with damage, while Kevin Magnussen ended the race seventh for Haas ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr.

Fernando Alonso was able to come home ninth for McLaren, marking its first points of the season, with Pascal Wehrlein rounding out the points for Sauber.


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