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Hamilton takes pole for Azerbaijan GP in Mercedes 1-2

While Sainz dropped to the back, Kvyat had carried on, but what appeared a a technical issue left him stranded exiting the castle section on lap 11.With the Safety Car out for a third time, as debris littered the 3.7-mile track following a number of collisions through the pack, Vettel rammed into the back of Hamilton. It was all or nothing, but the lap just got better and better throughout.Hamilton tells Charlie Whiting, “A 10-second penalty is not enough for driving behavouir like that”.”That was one of the most exciting laps I’ve had all year”.”Nothing happened, did it?” I just didn’t find the right balance. “I think I had the rhythm at the end but just didn’t get everything right”, Vettel said.”I don’t know why the gap is what it is”, Mercedes team boss Wolff said.”I passed him because he pitted”.”Imagine all the young kids that are watching Formula One today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion”.Ferrari’s Vettel got a 10-second stop-go penalty, which saw him drop from second to ninth, after he steered into race leader Hamilton under safety vehicle conditions after a red-flag stoppage.Behind them, Magnussen was 13th on 1m 32.796s, as Nico Hulkenberg struggled to 1m 44.267s after electrical problems on his Renault, and Wehrlein lapped his Sauber in 1m 44.603s.Hamilton, who had dominated after a strong start from his 66th pole position, was also undone by a loose headrest that caused him to be ordered to pit for repairs, for safety reasons.Hamilton slows up the field, and Vettel tags the back of Hamilton – does Vettel have front wing damage?At about the same time, the safety vehicle came out for the first time because Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso was stalled on the side of the track.After 23 minutes, the race re-started at 6:15 p.m. local time behind a safety auto – and Raikkonen and Perez were back in, albeit at the back of the grid.Although they have both been racing in F1 since 2007 this is the first year in which they have both had competitive cars.Sebastian Vettel had his championship lead cut to 12 points when Hamilton won in Canada earlier this month, and now faces an uphill struggle to fend off his rival again after qualifying fourth.A Mercedes mechanic, armed with a screwdriver and pilars attempted to patch up the bodywork on the rear of Hamilton’s auto.Vettel was beaten to third by team mate Kimi Raikkonen in an all-Ferrari second row. The leaders all came into the pits to change tires while the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was waved around the pace vehicle after dropping a lap back early on.The chequered flag flew and Alonso, Grosjean, Ericsson, Vandoorne and Palmer were eliminated in Q1.Vettel, who had claimed no wrongdoing over the team radio for the Hamilton incident, sat in his Ferrari blocks for 10 seconds but emerged ahead of an incandescent Hamilton.Vettel said he was confident Ferrari could “match” Mercedes’ pace in the race.Hamilton then gave his version of events to the Mercedes pit wall.