Brendon Hartley scores first Formula One points of his career

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AP,
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Motorsport,
Publish Date
Monday, 30 April 2018, 6:20AM
Brendon Hartley of New Zealand during the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo / Getty)
Brendon Hartley of New Zealand during the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo / Getty)

Kiwi Brendon Hartley has recorded his first Formula One point after a career best 10th placing at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver qualified second to last but moved into the top 10 when seven drivers failed to finish the race.

The last time a New Zealand driver earned a Formula One point was Howden Ganley at the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix.

"There was a lot of drama around me, but I managed to keep my nose clean," Hartley said.

Lewis Hamilton celebrated one of the luckiest wins of his career after a crash-strewn and chaotic race that catapulted him into the lead of the Formula One world championship.

Last year's race winner Daniel Ricciardo crashed out in the 40th lap after driving into the back of Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen in an attempt to move from fifth to fourth spot.

Hamilton's surprise victory came after Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas suffered a puncture with three laps left while leading, ended a six race drought for the four times champion dating back to last October.

It was also the first victory of the season for champions Mercedes.

In a race where the safety car again played a major part, with a series of crashes and smashes, Kimi Raikkonen finished second for Ferrari while Mexican Sergio Perez was third for Force India.

Ricciardo and Verstappen have both been formally reprimanded by Formula One stewards after they collided.

The pair fought all race for fourth place until lap 40 when Ricciardo attempted to overtake Verstappen on the pit straight.

Ricciardo crashed into his teammate when Verstappen hit the brakes to turn.

Both were forced out of the race to the embarrassment of their Red Bull team.

Race director Charlie Whiting says "you could probably argue that both drivers could have done a little better," in comments before the verdict was announced.

- AP

 

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