It was hot in Baku over the weekend, humid too. The kind of place where even with a fresh breeze blowing in off the sea, it was difficult to keep your cool. Drivers struggled to keep their cars on the track, tempers flared over team radio and we had so much debris flying off the cars that the race had to be stopped to clear it all up.
It needed some restraint out there. But a while after Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez had rather lost it with Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon for the crashes that ruined their race, and shortly before Lewis Hamilton had the issues with his head restraint that cost him the win, Sebastian Vettel completely lost his head and provided us all with one of the biggest talking points in the sport for a long while.
To see a four-time world champion steer into another competitor or, if we’re being as generous as we possibly could be, not take any action to avoid steering into another competitor, was just wrong, whichever way you looked at it.
In the words of Hamilton, “Seb disgraced himself”. He’s right to say it – and, judging by the reaction I saw from the fans, plenty agreed. Although there were some that thought that Seb didn’t do anything wrong and that he’d actually been brake tested by the Mercedes driver in the first place.