Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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Lewis Hamilton has warned Ferrari to shape up and mount a serious title challenge after his Mercedes team swept the first four races of the season.
Lewis Hamilton said he was "too friendly" to his triumphant Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the opening corner of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc set the fastest time as Ferrari comfortably outpaced the competition in the third practice session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday.
Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1 rival Charles Leclerc's talent is being "dimmed" after Ferrari asked him to move over for teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton is expecting his main rivals to give him a tough time on the demanding streets of Baku at this weekend's 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Racing Point moved up to fifth in the constructors' standings after a sterling performance by Sergio Perez (P6) and Lance Stroll (P9) at the Azerbaijan grand prix.
Valtteri Bottas qualified in pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after a crash involving Charles Leclerc helped ensure one of the longest qualifying sessions in recent years.
Former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo is one of the stewards in Azerbaijan and told a local newspaper that all of the other 300 manhole covers were checked after Williams' George Russell car hit a loose cover in practice.
Lewis Hamilton sympathised with Charles Leclerc and said he saw a lot of himself, and his own early frustrations, in the young Monegasque's dislike of taking team orders at Ferrari.
Mercedes dominates again with a fourth 1-2 for the season as Valtteri Bottas wins the F1 street race in Baku. Follow our coverage of the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix as it happened.
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