Sebastian Vettel's clever tactic following safety car at Azerbaijan Grand Prix


During yet another action-packed afternoon of Formula One racing, Sebastian Vettel was praised for his tactical move under safety car rules.

The 30-year-old German headed into the Azerbaijan race leading the Formula One standings after three races. 

But, the windy conditions in Baku set-up an atmosphere for an intriguing race.

With various accidents happening throughout the race, the four-time winning world champion Vettel was praised for his tactical decision when under the safety car during just lap five.

The race leader boxed all the drivers up as he headed along the main straight. This slowed the pack of racers down before taking advantage of the clear air in order to break away with rapid speed.

Vettel's intelligent racing decision led to vast amounts of praise on social media. One user called it a "very, very smart" decision, while another labelled it as a "great getaway".

The German's decision to box the racers up before bursting away with phenomenal speed drew direct parallell to his clash with Lewis Hamilton at the same race last term (shown below).

But, the drama and excitement was still not over.

Having lost Sergey Sirotkin, Esteban Ocon, and Nico Hulkenberg earlier in the race, Red Bull lost both of their racers in the 40th lap.

Daniel Ricciardo misjudged the distance between himself and teammate Max Verstappen and the Australian ploughed into the rear of Verstappen's car, leading to the pair being forced to retire.

But, the turning moment came in the final few laps as Vettel fell from his leading position and failed to maintain a spot on the podium.

Hamilton had worked his way closer to Vettel and, on lap 48, he attacked the race leader. The German responded by moving inside, but his tyres locked up as Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton slipped past.

It seemed as though Bottas would take a shock win at Baku, but the Finnish driver suffered a dramatic puncture and Hamilton - who seemed in an extremely unlikely position to win - suddenly found himself crossing the line as race leader.

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