Button says Vettel shouldn't be punished further following 'deliberate' Hamilton crash

Britain's former F1 world champion took to Twitter to give his take on the incident

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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Britain's former F1 world champion Jenson Button says Sebastian Vettel shouldn't be punished further for deliberately crashing into Lewis Hamilton in Azerbaijan.

Button says it was "silly" - but the result of emotions running high in a great race.

The championship leader's under investigation by the sport's governing body and was given a 10-second penalty at the time.

Hamilton called Vettel a "disgrace" - while the German claims the Mercedes driver stopped suddenly in front of him.

"Deliberately driving into another driver and getting away pretty much scot-free as he still came fourth, I think that’s a disgrace," Hamilton said. "I think he disgraced himself today.

"Imagine all the young kids that are watching Formula 1 today and see that kind of behaviour."