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Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku, Azerbaijan
Race: Podium
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Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
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2
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Nationality
3
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Nationality
4
Max Verstappen Red Bull
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Baku, Azerbaijan RACE TRACK, 28 Apr 2019
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Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
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As it happened: Valtteri Bottas wins the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Mercedes Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) leads a pack at the start of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17, 2019. Image: Peter PARKS / AFP
Mercedes Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) leads a pack at the start of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17, 2019. Image: Peter PARKS / AFP
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28 Apr 2019

Sergio Perez in 6th for SportPesa Racing Point

28 Apr 2019

Vettel is third, Verstappen 4th and Leclerc 5th.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas wins in Baku! Another 1-2 for Mercedes.

28 Apr 2019

And Leclerc takes the new lap record.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas retakes fastest lap and set to reclaim the championship lead. Hamilton not giving up. 

28 Apr 2019

2 more laps to go!

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton now reclaims the fastest lap from Bottas.

28 Apr 2019

Charles comes in for new tyres to attempt the fastest lap.

28 Apr 2019

Verstappen told to stay off the exit kerb at Turn 16.

28 Apr 2019

8 laps to go.

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton says he lost 2 seconds.

28 Apr 2019

Track clear.

28 Apr 2019

VSC ending very soon.

28 Apr 2019

Verstappen told to keep focus. 

28 Apr 2019

Grosjean finally retires after having problems through the race.

28 Apr 2019

Ag no, Ricciardo shuts down his engine in the pits.

28 Apr 2019

And Hamilton takes second from Leclerc. They need to bring him in to pit now.

28 Apr 2019

And Ricciardo just backs into Kvyat behind him. Oi!

28 Apr 2019

Yellow flag as Ricciardo locks up and has to reverse out of the alley.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas retakes the lead from Leclerc!

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton right on Bottas heels too. Will the two Mercs race for first?

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton right on Bottas heels too. Will the two Mercs race for first?

28 Apr 2019

20 laps to go and Leclerc has been on the same medium tyres from the start.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas is given the go-ahead to try and pass Leclerc.

28 Apr 2019

The gap between Leclerc and Bottas is now only 1.3 seconds.

28 Apr 2019

Vettel getting even further behind the Mercedes in front of him. Bottas closing the gap on Leclerc.

28 Apr 2019

Verstappen now takes the fastest lap from Hamilton.

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton posts yet another fastest lap.

28 Apr 2019

Ferrari will keep Leclerc out as long as possible in the hopes that there will be a safety car.

28 Apr 2019

Leclerc leading now as Hamilton comes out the pits.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas in the pits.

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton still 3 seconds behind Bottas.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:44.757
1:31:52.942
1
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:44.789
1.524
1
3
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:48.165
11.739
1
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:46.921
17.493
1
5
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:46.503
69.107
2
6
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:46.892
76.416
1
7
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:47.246
83.826
1
8
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:47.801
100.268
2
9
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:47.732
103.816
1
10
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:46.571
1 LAP
1
11
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:45.851
1 LAP
1
12
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:46.078
1 LAP
1
13
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:49.087
1 LAP
2
14
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:50.205
1 LAP
2
15
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:57.729
2 LAPS
2
16
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
1:50.163
2 LAPS
3
R
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
RETIRED
2
R
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
RETIRED
2
R
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
RETIRED
2
R
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
RETIRED
0

28 Apr 2019

Well, in a largely tame race, Mercedes continued their dominance of the season, taking home yet another 1-2. Join us for the Spanish Grand Prix in a few weeks. See you there!

28 Apr 2019

Lance Stroll and Kimi Raikkonen, who started from the pit lane, complete the top 10.

28 Apr 2019

It's a typically strong result for Sergio Perez here who was the best of the best, followed by the McLarens of Sainz and Norris.

28 Apr 2019

Max Verstappen finishes in what is becoming his trademark position, P4, while Charles Leclerc takes home P5, fastest lap and Driver of the Day. If only he didn't crash yesterday...

28 Apr 2019

Sebastian Vettel completes the podium, but he and Ferrari will be disappointed with how this weekend has gone.

28 Apr 2019

As always, Mercedes take a 1-2 with Lewis Hamilton close behind in P2.

28 Apr 2019

And Valtteri Bottas wins the Azerbaijan Grand Prix!

28 Apr 2019

Leclerc takes fastest lap and gets an extra point. Silver linings...

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton goes wide while Bottas sets fastest lap. Looks like that could be that.

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton now in DRS range of Bottas...

28 Apr 2019

Leclerc pits for brand new softs and will now presumably get that extra point for fastest lap.

28 Apr 2019

Looks like the VSC sucked the life out of what could have been an exciting battle between the top four.

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton only 1.4 seconds behind. Will he try something?

28 Apr 2019

Bottas has just set the fastest lap. He fancies that extra point to go with his 25.

28 Apr 2019

Doesn't look like the order upfront is going to change much. Vettel had a quick first few laps but Hamilton has increased the gap again.

28 Apr 2019

The VSC is in and the ten lap shootout between the top four begins...

28 Apr 2019

Pierre Gasly, who was driving extremely well, retires with a mechanical problem. Annoyingly, he pulls it over in a safe place and thus only causes a virtual safety car.

28 Apr 2019

Worth noting that Verstappen is hanging onto the back of the lead pack and will have the freshest tyres going forward...

28 Apr 2019

A safety car right about now would be lovely...

28 Apr 2019

He's now past the Frenchman and is 20 seconds behind Verstappen. He'll need to nail these final 15 laps.

28 Apr 2019

Leclerc finally pits! He comes out behind the Red Bull of Pierre Gasly.

28 Apr 2019

Leclerc now lets Vettel through. He has yet to pit as Ferrari are unsure how long the soft tyres can last.

28 Apr 2019

We have our first retirement of the day, courtesy of Daniel Ricciardo. Fair to say he's not having the best time at Renault right now.

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton takes P2 a lap later.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas retakes the lead of the race! Meanwhile, there's been an incident between Ricciardo and Kvyat that wasn't the latter's fault!

28 Apr 2019

Two seconds between the top three now.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas has been told to go and get Leclerc before the chasing pack come and get him.

28 Apr 2019

Further down the field, Grosjean has just gone from 11th to 17th in one lap after locking up and going off track.

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton is now struggling on his tyres, and Vettel is catching him rapidly.

28 Apr 2019

Ferrari, in deciding to keep Leclerc out, have now ensured he'll come out behind Verstappen. Either they have something up their sleeve, or they yet again have messed up their strategy...

28 Apr 2019

Max Verstappen now has the fastest lap of the race. Unfortunately for him, it's been a rather lonely race, with Vettel nine seconds up the road.

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton flying now, getting closer and closer to his team-mate.

28 Apr 2019

A rather tame start to the race here by Baku's standards...

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton now sets the fastest lap of the race. Well, it was fun while it lasted...

28 Apr 2019

Meanwhile, Vettel has hugely gained from the first set of pits and is all over the back of Hamilton.

28 Apr 2019

Verstappen has now pitted, making Leclerc and Gasly the only two of the top six not to do so.

28 Apr 2019

Robert Kubica has been given a drive-through penalty for coming out onto the pit lane too early at the start of the race. Talk about beating a dead horse...

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton follows suit a lap later. Red Bull are trying to make Verstappen's tyres last a little longer.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas pits from the lead, also onto the mediums. Theoretically, he'll be going to the end on them. But this is Baku, so who knows...

28 Apr 2019

Vettel pits just as Leclerc is catching him. A convenient way to avoid an on track battle between the two. The German has gone on to the medium tyres.

28 Apr 2019

The majority of the midfield has now pitted. The soft tyres not lasting as long as many had expected.

28 Apr 2019

His team-mate has enjoyed a strong start, up to P9 and all over the back of Lance Stroll.

28 Apr 2019

Verstappen reporting issues with braking, and is soon after overtaken by the Ferrari behind him.

28 Apr 2019

Leclerc is currently the fastest man on track and still has soft tyres to go onto. He is only five seconds behind his team-mate.

28 Apr 2019

Kvyat and Raikkonen are the first drivers to pit, both going onto the medium tyre.

28 Apr 2019

Up ahead, Bottas has opened up a 3.5 second lead on Hamilton.

28 Apr 2019

The Ferrari eases into P5. Next up for Leclerc is Verstappen. This'll be interesting...

28 Apr 2019

The Mexican now has Leclerc directly behind him...

28 Apr 2019

Max Verstappen, with the help of DRS, dives down the inside of Perez to retake P4!

28 Apr 2019

The Monegasque is making steady progress now, breezing past Kvyat into P8.

28 Apr 2019

Leclerc has moved up into 9th place, overtaking Ricciardo, but his team-mate is losing touch with the Silver Arrows.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas is now opening up a considerable gap to his team-mate, with Vettel hanging onto the back of Hamilton.

28 Apr 2019

Bottas just about holds off Hamilton, while Perez takes 4th from Verstappen! Further back, Leclerc has lost out to Daniel Ricciardo.

28 Apr 2019

And we're off!

28 Apr 2019

The formation lap is underway and the cars will soon be taking their places on the grid. Here we go...

28 Apr 2019

Max Verstappen: "We have a good car, we just have to manage tyres on the first stint, stay out of trouble and a lot is possible."

28 Apr 2019

"So far so good, now the tricky part" for McLaren, says Zak Brown.

28 Apr 2019

Now taking place is a rather dramatic rendition of Azerbaijan's national anthem.

28 Apr 2019

Valtteri Bottas: "Anything can happen, we just need to be prepared for anything and react to it".

28 Apr 2019

Gunther Steiner says tyre management is Haas' main issue and says "We just have to hope that we get lucky".

28 Apr 2019

"Anything is possible here, we're going to approach it as an endurance race and see how it goes" says Renault principal Cyril Abiteboul.

28 Apr 2019

Hamilton reporting that his car "feels strange" on his out-lap...

28 Apr 2019

The City of Winds is living up to its name, with winds of 20mph at the moment. At 20'C though, it's a warm sunny day nonetheless and will stay that way throughout the race.

28 Apr 2019

The cars are beginning to make their way from the pitlane to the grid.

28 Apr 2019

Starting in P17 is Antonio Giovinazzi after taking a ten-place grid penalty. He starts ahead of a crowded pit lane featuring Kimi Raikkonen, who is there after his front-wing failed a flexibility test; Pierre Gasly, who was punished for not taking his car to the weighbridge and Robert Kubica, whose car underwent some changes following his Q1 crash.

28 Apr 2019

Nico Hulkenberg doesn't have a great record here and his misfortunes continued on Saturday when he was knocked out in Q1. Behind him is someone a little more familiar with that occurrence, the Williams of George Russell.

28 Apr 2019

Lance Stroll finished on the podium here in 2017 but will be happy with just a point this time, starting from P13. P14 is Romain Grosjean, who will be looking to avoid another incident with "Marcus Ericsson".

28 Apr 2019

Next up is the Toro Rosso of Alex Albon who had a disappointing qualifying performance, especially when compared to his team-mate. He'll be starting just ahead of Kevin Magnussen in the Haas, who killed his Q3 chances after flat-spotting his tyres.

28 Apr 2019

Completing the top ten are Carlos Sainz and 2017 winner Daniel Ricciardo. Neither made it to Q3 but moved up the grid due to grid penalties in front of them.

28 Apr 2019

P7 is Lando Norris, who achieved McLaren's highest qualifying position since Monaco last year. Charles Leclerc finds himself starting in P8 following his crash in Q2, and, starting on the medium tyres, will be hoping to make his way to the front quickly.

28 Apr 2019

The third row of the grid is occupied by Baku specialist Sergio Perez, who is the only driver to finish on the podium more than once here. Alongside him is the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat, who enjoyed his best qualifying of the season.

28 Apr 2019

The drivers looking to challenge the Mercedes' going into the first corner are Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen. Vettel would've fancied his chances of pole following his team-mate's crash in Q2, but was unable to find the pace to challenge.

28 Apr 2019

The front row has a familiar silver tinge to it, with Valtteri Bottas taking pole position from Lewis Hamilton by just 0.059 seconds in what was a hectic qualifying session.

28 Apr 2019

Hello and welcome to Baku for the fourth race of the 2019 Formula 1 season, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. All times are local.
Qualifying 1
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:41.335
0
2
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:41.426
0.091
0
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:41.614
0.279
0
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:41.727
0.392
0
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:41.936
0.601
0
6
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:42.026
0.691
0
7
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:42.042
0.707
0
8
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:42.059
0.724
0
9
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:42.140
0.805
0
10
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:42.154
0.819
0
11
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:42.249
0.914
0
12
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:42.324
0.989
0
13
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:42.371
1.036
0
14
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:42.382
1.047
0
15
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:42.486
1.151
0
16
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:42.630
1.295
0
17
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:43.407
2.072
0
18
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:43.427
2.092
0
19
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:45.062
3.727
0
20
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
1:45.455
4.120
0

27 Apr 2019

Gasly finishes Q1 as the fastest man, a good boost for him considering the rough time he is having. Red Bull principal Christian Horner has hinted though that the Frenchman will not look to make Q3 - they want a free tyre choice.

27 Apr 2019

But, that red flag gives us our bottom five. And Stroll is out in Q1 - again! P20 Kubica, P19 Russell, P18 Hulkenberg, P17 Grosjean and P16 Stroll are the drivers who will bow out.

27 Apr 2019

Big accident for Kubica, he is buried into the barriers at the tightest part of the track in the castle section. He is fine luckily.

27 Apr 2019

Bottas in P6 and Vettel in P7 will be a little nervous here, nearly everyone is improving.

27 Apr 2019

Ricciardo has one shot here to get out of the elimination zone.

27 Apr 2019

Vertsappen goes P4, that should see him safely into Q2.

27 Apr 2019

Stroll is making Q2 for the first time on attempt number eight right now. Let's see if he stays there.

27 Apr 2019

Sainz splits the Mercedes - P4 for him with two minutes to go.

27 Apr 2019

Verstappen has to go again or he will be out with this track evolution. But, no matter his improvement that is quite a time from Gasly on the softs - a 1:41.335.

27 Apr 2019

Gasly gets a tow from Stroll and takes over P1. Pierre Gasly! Only in Baku.

27 Apr 2019

Giovinazzi holds P5 right now. Impressive stuff - perhaps sending him down the grid is the secret to unlocking that pace.

27 Apr 2019

Vettel crosses the line but stays P3, nine tenths back from Leclerc. Hamilton then proceeds to bump him down to P4.

27 Apr 2019

Verstappen's first attempt only earns him P12. Hulkenberg, Kubica, Russell, Stroll and Grosjean are the drivers in trouble with 7 mins to go.

27 Apr 2019

Ah, Ferrari were playing. Bottas improves before Leclerc pumps in a mighty 1:41.4 to go into P1 with a 0.6s margin.

27 Apr 2019

A 1:42.3 for Vettel puts him eight hundredths of a second clear of Bottas and into P1. Hamilton will need another set of tyres - he is a second down on Vettel and is down in the midfield.

27 Apr 2019

Hamilton took to the run-off on his first attempt, he will go again.

27 Apr 2019

Bottas with an early warning to Ferrari, his 1:42,430 sends him into an early P1, two tenths up on Leclerc in P2.

27 Apr 2019

It's a busy track from the start, most of the field have flooded out to get their sessions started.

27 Apr 2019

George Russell is out on the softs, hopefully no drain cover incidents for him today.

27 Apr 2019

There's the green light, Q1 is underway.

27 Apr 2019

Right, not long now. Track temp a cool 36c, but it's getting colder out there.

27 Apr 2019

Another man struggling to match his team-mate, Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi will suffer a ten-place grid drop after taking his third ECU of the season. We may not see much of him either.

27 Apr 2019

Pierre Gasly has taken a new gearbox since he will be starting from the pit lane on Sunday anyway after failing to stop at the weighbridge after FP2. He focused on race sim in FP3 so we may not see much of him.

27 Apr 2019

Speaking of Ferrari, Leclerc has bettered team-mate Sebastian Vettel in all three practice sessions. Should he continue that trend and take pole today, it will be interesting to see if the Scuderia will back him for the race.

27 Apr 2019

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were a second-and-a-half shy of Leclerc after FP3. The Silver Arrows haven't really been close to their rivals yet, so qualifying will tell us whether they are actually struggling or if it's a spot of sandbagging at work.

27 Apr 2019

Can anyone get near the Ferraris this afternoon? FP3 completed a clean sweep of one-two's for the Scuderia in the Baku practice sessions. Max Verstappen was their closest challenger of FP3, but still over a second back from P1 Charles Leclerc.

27 Apr 2019

Welcome everyone to live updates from qualifying at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Q1 is just under 30 minutes away. All times are local.
Qualifying 2
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:41.388
0
2
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:41.500
0.112
0
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:41.580
0.192
0
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:41.870
0.482
0
5
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:41.889
0.501
0
6
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:41.995
0.607
0
7
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:42.082
0.694
0
8
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:42.084
0.696
0
9
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:42.221
0.833
0
10
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:42.381
0.993
0
11
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:42.398
1.010
0
12
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:42.477
1.089
0
13
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:42.494
1.106
0
14
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:42.699
1.311
0
15
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
0

27 Apr 2019

Right, Q3 starts at 18:40 local time.

27 Apr 2019

Giovinazzi makes Q3 for the first time in Formula 1! With Leclerc already destined for P10, it means that the Italian will not start at the back tomorrow with his ten-place grid penalty - unless something else goes wrong.

27 Apr 2019

Kvyat hits the wall, Magnussen goes off, scruffy runs there. P15 Gasly, P14 Magnussen, P13 Albon, P12 Ricciardo and P11 Sainz miss out on the shootout.

27 Apr 2019

Sit tight, this will be close as we say goodbye to the slowest five. Vettel improves to P5.

27 Apr 2019

Perez is P4 right now, only 0.4s down on leader Verstappen. The Mexican loves this track - he has taken P3 twice in the last three Azerbaijan GP's.

27 Apr 2019

Vettel has lost a lot of time in sector 2 - a 1:42.209 takes him P7. But, there doesn't seem to be enough pace on this track for those behind to send the German into the elimination zone.

27 Apr 2019

While some wait to see what happens since the teams haven't run in these conditions before, Seb has gone for it - it's the softs which he goes with.

27 Apr 2019

Green light is on, let's see how long we make it this time without incident.

27 Apr 2019

Track temp has fallen 3c since the red flag came out.

27 Apr 2019

The cameras couldn't quite tell us if Ferrari have put the softs on Vettel's car, but surely that will be their choice.

27 Apr 2019

Six minutes until we re-start in Baku.

27 Apr 2019

Awaiting confirmation of when we can expect Q2 to restart.

27 Apr 2019

When we do get going again - Gasly, Giovinazzi, Ricciardo, Vettel and Albon are the drivers in danger of elimination.

27 Apr 2019

Running those mediums may have been another strategic disaster from Ferrari.

27 Apr 2019

This could be a problem. As you can imagine there is another red flag, and already that barrier has been repaired so another lengthy delay is coming up - the main issue here is we are approaching sunset very quickly in Baku.

27 Apr 2019

"I am stupid" says the youngster. He is unhurt which is the main thing, but he has fudged up there a huge chance of pole.

27 Apr 2019

Noooo! Leclerc is in the wall - exactly where Kubica crashed in Q1.

27 Apr 2019

Leclerc is 0.6s back in P5, while Vettel is two seconds slower than Verstappen in P11. Both may need to put the softs on here, it's quite the risk.

27 Apr 2019

Verstappen goes P1 with a 1:41.388, a 1:41.522 for Bottas and Hamilton slots into P3 with a 1:41.580.

27 Apr 2019

Both Ferraris go out on the mediums rather than the softs which the rest are running. If they can find enough performance this could give them a big advantage for the race.

27 Apr 2019

Finally, we have Q2 action.

27 Apr 2019

"Just no pace, when I saw the leaderboard I was shocked," said Grosjean after his Q1 elimination. It's the first time this season that either Haas hasn't made Q3. Seven minutes until Q2 starts say the FIA.

27 Apr 2019

George Russell says it's like "driving on ice" out there with the low track temperature on tyres "designed for the top three teams".

27 Apr 2019

15 minute delay for Q2.

27 Apr 2019

We will have a bit of a delay here folks before Q2 while Kubica's car is removed and the barrier is repaired. Hopefully no trucks hitting a bridge this time - Williams won't fancy another oil-soaked car to go with what will already be another expensive fix.
Qualifying 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:40.495
0
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:40.554
0.059
0
3
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:40.797
0.302
0
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:41.069
0.574
0
5
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:41.593
1.098
0
6
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:41.681
1.186
0
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:41.886
1.391
0
8
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:42.424
1.929
0
9
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:43.068
2.573
0
10
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
0

27 Apr 2019

Well, a two hour quali session - Baku at its best, or worst depending on how you look at it. An exciting race looks a near certainty for tomorrow. See you then for that one.

27 Apr 2019

So, to give you the grid once the current penalties have been applied. P1 Bottas, P2 Hamilton, P3 Vettel, P4 Verstappen, P5 Perez, P6 Kvyat, P7 Norris, P8 Raikkonen, P9 Leclerc, P10 Sainz, P11 Ricciardo, P12 Albon, P13 Magnussen, P14 Stroll, P15 Grosjean, P16 Hulkenberg, P17 Russell, P18 Giovinazzi and P19 Kubica. Gasly begins from the pit lane.

27 Apr 2019

Verstappen P4, Perez P5, Kvyat P6, Norris P7, Giovinazzi P8 (will become P18), Raikkonen P9 and Leclerc P10.

27 Apr 2019

Bottas has snatched pole with a 1:40.495! A front-row lockout for Mercedes with Hamilton P2, Vettel starts P3.

27 Apr 2019

This will be supremely close!

27 Apr 2019

Vettel gets himself to the front of the queue.

27 Apr 2019

A gaggle of cars come down the pit lane, it's time for their final flying laps.

27 Apr 2019

Verstappen improves to the first row - 0.366s behind Hamilton.

27 Apr 2019

Bottas is just a fraction shy of the Ferrari man in P3. Verstappen P4, Perez P5, Norris P6, Giovinazzi P7, Raikkonen P8, Kvyat P9 and Leclerc P10 is the order after the first runs.

27 Apr 2019

Hamilton destroys that - a 1:40.703. Vettel is four tenths shy.

27 Apr 2019

Verstappen kicks us off with a 1:41.447.

27 Apr 2019

If Hamilton gets pole, it will be his 59th and it will give him the outright record of most poles with a single constructor.

27 Apr 2019

Nice little stat - if Verstappen takes pole he will be the 100th different driver to do so at a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

27 Apr 2019

With these low track temps, both Mercedes and Verstappen could well be back in the shout for pole. All the pressure is on Seb.
Practice 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:47.497
0
2
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:49.598
2.101
0
3
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
0
4
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
0
5
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
0
6
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
0
7
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
0
8
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
0
9
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
0
10
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
0
11
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
0
12
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
0
13
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
0
14
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
0
15
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
0
16
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
0
17
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
0
18
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
0
19
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
0
20
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
0

26 Apr 2019

FP2 starts in three and a half hours at 17:00 local time, and will hopefully feature a bit more racing. Join us then and find out.

26 Apr 2019

Well, FP1 is over! Wasn't that great? Race control has announced that the session will not be restarted.

26 Apr 2019

And now the vehicle transporting the broken Williams has hit a bridge, with its oil leaking on the poor car. No, seriously. Formula 1 or Fawlty Towers?

26 Apr 2019

A moments thought for Williams who, after having a horrific start to the season, happen to be the team to suffer from a loose drain cover. Speaking to Sky Sports, Claire Williams isn't too chuffed...

26 Apr 2019

A significant delay has been put on the session. If every single drain cover on the track has to be checked, it may be a *very* significant delay indeed.

26 Apr 2019

Aaand we have a red flag. Any guesses for which car failure caused it? It was the Williams of George Russell, with the floor of the car effectively taken apart by a drain cover.

26 Apr 2019

The Ferrari's, both on medium tyres, are the first two to set times, while the Mercedes drivers are the only two yet to leave the pit-lane.

26 Apr 2019

As always, the track is seriously dusty at this early stage of the weekend. Could that catch some drivers out?

26 Apr 2019

Away we go! The Haas of Romain Grosjean is the first driver out, thankfully with Marcus Ericsson nowhere to be seen.

26 Apr 2019

It's a sunny day in the City of Winds, with a temperature's of 20'C. For what it's worth, the winds are at 10mph. 5 minutes until FP1 starts.

26 Apr 2019

As the last two years have shown though, logic rarely plays a role in the outcome of this race, with sheer chaos being far more prominent. Chaos is something Red Bull will be hoping for, with the team seemingly unable to compete for wins on pace alone so far this season. Still, after their double DNF last season, the only way is up...

26 Apr 2019

Ferrari do have some reasons to be optimistic. They have the fastest straight-line speed this season which is sure to be useful on a track with one of the longest straights on the calendar. Furthermore, Charles Leclerc has an excellent record here, winning the F2 race in 2017 before getting his first ever Formula 1 points here last season with a P6 finish. His team-mate though, doesn't have quite such fond memories...

26 Apr 2019

It's been plain sailing so far this season for Mercedes, with the reigning champions taking home 1-2 finishes at every race. Their cause has been helped by Ferrari who, with poor reliability and strategy, head into Baku knowing they really need a win to kickstart their title challenge

26 Apr 2019

Welcome to The Land of Flames, Azerbaijan, where F1 will be racing around the streets of the capital, Baku, this weekend. This is first practice and all times are local.
Practice 2
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:42.872
0
2
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:43.196
0.324
0
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:43.541
0.669
0
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:43.793
0.921
0
5
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:44.003
1.131
0
6
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:44.177
1.305
0
7
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:44.183
1.311
0
8
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:44.216
1.344
0
9
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:44.240
1.368
0
10
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:44.295
1.423
0
11
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:44.901
2.029
0
12
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:45.366
2.494
0
13
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:45.436
2.564
0
14
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:45.482
2.610
0
15
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:45.483
2.611
0
16
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:45.618
2.746
0
17
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:46.717
3.845
0
18
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:47.875
5.003
0
19
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
1:48.111
5.239
0
20
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
0

26 Apr 2019

And that brings a close to FP2. It was a stop-start day, and the teams will be hoping for more laps tomorrow morning in FP3. Join us then for live coverage of it and the qualifying that follows. See you there!

26 Apr 2019

The order behind is P4 VER, P5 BOT, P6 KVY, P7 SAI, P8 ALB, P9 GAS, P10 NOR, P11 MAG, P12 GIO, P13 PER, P14 RAI, P15 RIC, P16 GRO, P17 HUL, P18 STR, P19 KUB, P20 RUS (no time)

26 Apr 2019

After multiple red and yellows, we now have a chequered flag, with Leclerc finishing top with a 1.42.872, Vettel P2 and Hamilton, who was just clipped rather aggressively by Kevin Magnussen, P3, 0.669 seconds slower than the leader.

26 Apr 2019

We have our 5000th yellow flag of the day as Gasly locks up and misses a corner.

26 Apr 2019

Less than ten minutes left of the session now, and most cars are running on the medium tyres. Not much happening in the way of lap times.

26 Apr 2019

Having used his allocation of tyres, Daniel Ricciardo is done for the day, with his best time being a 1.45.483. He'll be regretting those earlier lock-ups.

26 Apr 2019

Racing Point are admirably attempting to repair Stroll's car and get it out for some laps before the end of the session. If they do so, those mechanics need a pay rise. You know what to do, Lawrence.

26 Apr 2019

Oh, red flags, how we've missed you... Kvyat continues to have a great birthday, losing the rear end of his car mid-corner and sending it into the barriers.

26 Apr 2019

Approaching the hour mark, the top ten is LEC, VET (+0.324), HAM (+0.669), VER (+0.921), BOT, (+1.131), SAI (+1.311), KVY (+1.332), ALB (+1.334), GAS (+1.368), NOR (+1.865)

26 Apr 2019

Approaching the hour mark, Leclerc is currently sat in P1 with a 1.42.972.

26 Apr 2019

We DO however have a brief yellow flag, with Pierre Gasly flying into the run-off area at turn 3.

26 Apr 2019

We've gone a whopping 20 minutes without a red flag. Everybody give yourselves a pat on the back.

26 Apr 2019

Meanwhile, Kvyat is preparing to go out on track, hip hip hooray!

26 Apr 2019

The times are tumbling down now, with Vettel doing a 1.43.196, 0.180 seconds ahead of Leclerc.

26 Apr 2019

Leclerc, now on the softs, improves on his time and puts in a 1.43.598. He is currently 0.662 seconds clear of his team-mate Vettel in 2nd.

26 Apr 2019

Kvyat is out of the car with his car confirmed as having a power steering issue. An excellent birthday for him so far.

26 Apr 2019

The session has now restarted. How long for? If the drivers continue to struggle as they did in that first period, not long at all...

26 Apr 2019

Prior to Stroll's crash, Leclerc got away with hitting the barriers himself and subsequently posted the fastest lap with a time of 1.44.748 on the medium tyres.

26 Apr 2019

And we have a red flag! It comes courtesy of Lance Stroll, who locked up at turn 2 and, in the process of trying to go into the runoff area, sent his car flying into the barriers.

26 Apr 2019

Lewis Hamilton is now in P1, 0.034 seconds ahead of Charles Leclerc with a time of 1.46.110.

26 Apr 2019

The birthday boy, Daniil Kvyat, is now the only driver not to post a time, having reported issues with his steering.

26 Apr 2019

The drivers are struggling at the end of the straight, with Bottas already running wide and coming perilously close to the barriers when returning to track.

26 Apr 2019

Five minutes in, the Haas of Kevin Magnussen is top with a 1:49:553, with every driver now out on track.

26 Apr 2019

The teams have been given the soft, medium and hard tyres for this weekend, and will be hoping to assess durability for the first time having not done so in FP1.

26 Apr 2019

We have green lights and it's the two leaders of the championship, Hamilton and Bottas, leading the way on track.

26 Apr 2019

In other news, Ferrari actually got a 1-2! Sure, it's because they were the only drivers to complete a lap, but hey, at this point they'll take what they can get...

26 Apr 2019

Unfortunately, though, George Russell's car requires a chassis change, and he will therefore not be competing in the upcoming session.

26 Apr 2019

For those who missed it, FP1 lasted a grand total of half an hour after a loose drain cover took out the Williams of George Russell. Since then, the track has been inspected and Formula 2 qualifying has been completed without any drain-related incidents.

26 Apr 2019

Hello and welcome back to Baku for FP2 of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The cars will take to track in 30 minutes, and hopefully, they'll be there for a bit longer than in FP1...
Practice 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:41.604
0
2
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:41.802
0.198
0
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:42.852
1.248
0
4
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:43.064
1.460
0
5
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:43.176
1.572
0
6
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:43.223
1.619
0
7
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:43.294
1.690
0
8
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:43.300
1.696
0
9
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:43.430
1.826
0
10
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:43.537
1.933
0
11
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:43.561
1.957
0
12
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:43.637
2.033
0
13
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:43.924
2.320
0
14
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:43.978
2.374
0
15
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:44.039
2.435
0
16
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:44.043
2.439
0
17
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:44.374
2.770
0
18
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
1:46.000
4.396
0
19
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:46.290
4.686
0
20
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:47.836
6.232
0

27 Apr 2019

That's it for now. Join us in two hours for qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Cheers!

27 Apr 2019

Albon, Perez, Raikkonen and Ricciardo complete the top ten with Giovinazzi P11.

27 Apr 2019

The chequered flag is out on FP3 with a P1 for Leclerc, his first-ever practice hat-trick, with a 1:41.604. Vettel is second, 0.198s, with Verstappen third ahead of the Mercedes drivers. Kvyat finishes in sixth place.

27 Apr 2019

Albon has a moment through the Castle turn but keeps his Toro Rosso out of the barriers.

27 Apr 2019

A better lap from Vettel and he goes second behind Leclerc, 0.198s down. He grabbed a tow down the final straight and went purple in that sector.

27 Apr 2019

More troubles for Vettel as he locks up as he is about to open up on a flying lap. Hamilton is also the wrong way down an escape road. Bottas does improve, he goes P4.

27 Apr 2019

Good news for Ferrari fans as Vettel is back out on track. And while the Ferrari driver does a warm up lap, Leclerc goes purple in the first sector, purple in the second, and purple in the third. A 1:41.604.

27 Apr 2019

Hamilton stays fourth, Norris jumps to 11th, Ricciardo goes eighth and Raikkonen moves up to ninth place.

27 Apr 2019

Verstappen gets a tow down the straight and jumps up to second place.

27 Apr 2019

Everyone but Vettel and Russell are out on track for qualy sims...

27 Apr 2019

Ouch, still problems over at Vettel's car as while the bodywork is going back on, there are still worried faces at the rear of the car.

27 Apr 2019

Gasly heads down an escape road on his warm up lap. Not great. Leclerc has joined the party but Vettel is still in the pits as there was some concern about an issue around the rear left of his SF90.

27 Apr 2019

And here comes Hamilton... purple in the first sector, green in the second, and loses time in the third. He goes third, a tenth quicker than Bottas.

27 Apr 2019

Bottas goes third fastest on fresh soft tyres, he is 0.6s off Leclerc's pace.

27 Apr 2019

Bottas and Hamilton return to the track with just Russell now out there for company.

27 Apr 2019

Giovinazzi, Kubica and Russell are the only three drivers out on track with the latter staying P20 but now only six seconds down on Leclerc.

27 Apr 2019

Norris and Kvyat practicing their overtakes down the main straight.

27 Apr 2019

Russell is back on track but it seems as if his focus is purely on race sim as he eight seconds down on Leclerc. Gasly is doing the same as there really is no point in him qualifying this afternoon given he'll be starting from the pit lane.

27 Apr 2019

Albon ups his pace on the soft tyres but remains P4. He is now just 0.9s slower than Leclerc's P1 time.

27 Apr 2019

Eight laps in and Hulkenberg reports that his front tyres are beginning to "grain" and he is losing grip. He is on the soft tyres.

27 Apr 2019

Alexander Albon, using the soft tyres, goes fourth fastest, 1.4s down. Raikkonen is fifth ahead of Norris, Bottas, Perez, Verstappen and Sainz.

27 Apr 2019

Verstappen goes P8 with a 1:44.6 on his first attempt.

27 Apr 2019

Good news is Grosjean is now out on track and putting in the laps. He does a 2:02 - the slowest time of all as he locks up and takes to an escape road - with Verstappen the last man to leave the pits for a timed run.

27 Apr 2019

First lock up of the session as Magnussen goes down the escape road at Turn 3. Seconds later Raikkonen is facing the wrong way up a one way, aided in his off by a tailwind. Giovinazzi is the latest to get the track limits all wrong.

27 Apr 2019

Hamilton ups his pace but remains second, 0.8s down on Leclerc. Vettel is third, a further tenth off the pace.

27 Apr 2019

Leclerc is back in front by 1.2s! Not a bad lap!

27 Apr 2019

Bad start to the session for Romain Grosjean as he is still sitting in the pits as his mechanics examine his car, looks like an issue around the gearbox.

27 Apr 2019

Vettel joins his team-mate at the top of the timesheet, second quickest and just over a tenth behind Leclerc. But it is all change as Hamilton goes quickest, a 1:43.9 for the Mercedes driver.

27 Apr 2019

Ferrari, who already went with a higher downforce package on Friday, hit the front with Leclerc. A 1:44.3.

27 Apr 2019

Both Mercedes and Red Bull have adopted more downforce at the start of this session. The drivers have been complaining about the tyres dropping out of the temperature window so they need more downforce to get heat into them.

27 Apr 2019

Bottas goes purple, purple and purple on his way to a 1:45.6. Hamilton is green, green and green and is 1.2s shy of his team-mate's best.

27 Apr 2019

Bottas and Hamilton have taken to the circuit while Russell is out for his first proper run of the weekend.

27 Apr 2019

Gasly makes his mark on the timesheet, a 1:49.8, fractionally faster than Robert Kubica. The Williams driver struggled around the street circuit on Friday, finishing FP2 some five seconds off the pace.

27 Apr 2019

The two Ferraris, Mercedes, Nico Hulkenberg and the two Racing Points have yet to venture out.

27 Apr 2019

Giovinazzi is one of two drivers facing a grid drop as he has taken a third control electronics this weekend so he'll be dropping 10 places. The other man to drop is Gasly, who ignored the weighbridge on Friday. He has been handed a pit-lane start for that infringement.

27 Apr 2019

Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi - more on him just now, Norris, Russell and Romain Grosjean are the first men out.

27 Apr 2019

Green light, here we go...

27 Apr 2019

Five minutes to the start and the track temperature is up to 43'C.

27 Apr 2019

One driver who will be eager to get in as many laps as possible today is Russell. He was on his first on Friday when he hit the loose drain cover. Such was the damage that he required a new chassis and therefore wasn't allowed to run in FP2. He's likely to be the first man out on track today.

27 Apr 2019

Friday's top ten for FP2: 1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:42.872 27 laps; 2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.324s 26; 3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.669s 31; 4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.921s 24; 5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1.131s 31; 6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1.305s 9; 7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.311s 26; 8 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1.344s 32; 9 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1.368s 24; 10 Lando Norris McLaren 1.423s 30.

27 Apr 2019

Friday's running in Baku was chaotic to say the least. FP1 was cancelled after 15 minutes when George Russell wrecked his Williams on a loose drain cover while FP2 was blighted by red flags with several drivers - including Lance Stroll and Daniil Kvyat - crashing. And then to top it all Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen banged wheels at the end of FP2 just for the hell of it.

27 Apr 2019

Good afternoon and welcome to coverage of the third and final practice session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. All times are local.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Race Date:

28 Apr

No of Laps:
51
Length:
Lap Record:
Starting Grid
#
Team/Driver
1
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
2
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
3
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
4
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
5
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
6
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
7
Lando Norris
McLaren
8
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
9
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
10
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
11
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
12
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
13
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
14
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
15
Romain Grosjean
Haas
16
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
17
George Russell
Williams
18
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing
19
Robert Kubica
Williams
20
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
Season Schedule
Date
Grand Prix
Time

06 Dec

Bahrain (Sakhir) Grand ...

07:10 PM

13 Dec

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

03:10 PM

Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
332
2
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
201
3
Max Verstappen Red Bull
189
4
Daniel Ricciardo Renault
102
5
Sergio Perez Racing Point
100
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Mercedes
533
2
Red Bull
274
3
McLaren
171
Season Results
Grand Prix
Podium

02 Aug

British Grand Prix
1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Max Verstappen 3. Charles Leclerc

09 Aug

British (Anniversar...
1. Max Verstappen 2. Lewis Hamilton 3. Valtteri Bottas