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Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku City Circuit
Race: Podium
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Sergio Perez Red Bull
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2
Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
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3
Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
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4
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
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Baku City Circuit RACE TRACK, 06 Jun 2021
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Red Bull
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06 June 16:18

Sergio Perez takes the win, and Vettel takes his first trophy for Aston Martin in P2. Gasly takes P3. Perez told to stop at the exit. 

06 June 16:17

An unexpected top 3 today. 

06 June 16:17

We on the final lap and Hamilton won't score any points today due to a lockup.

06 June 16:16

Charles still fighting and takes back P3.

06 June 16:16

Gasly takes back P3!!!!

06 June 16:16

Leclerc takes P3 from Gasly!!!

06 June 16:15

Lewis apologises to the team.

06 June 16:15

Kimi Raikkonen in the points.

06 June 16:15

Perez leads Vettel from Gasly!

06 June 16:14

Hamilton locks up and goes down to P16!

06 June 16:14

Brakes smoking on Hamilton's car.

06 June 16:13

Cars line back up on the grid.

06 June 16:11

Perez leads the 17 remaining cars to the grid.

06 June 16:11

Only two laps left for this race.

06 June 16:11

Perez and Hamilton do not have new soft tyres, only Vettel does to his advantage.

06 June 16:09

Latifi gets a 10second penalty for not driving through the pitlane.

06 June 16:08

Vettel also has a set of brand new soft tyres.

06 June 16:08

Vettel is the one to watch at the restart.

06 June 16:05

That means a standing start restart. Cars will go a lap behind safety car, and then line up on the grid.

06 June 16:04

Car will line up on the grid to restart the race.

06 June 15:54

FIA tells McLaren no action will be taken against Yuki for not slowing down enough as everyone is guilty of not taking double yellow flags seriously.

06 June 15:43

Red Bull messages the FVIA immediately after crash saying there was no warning at all on their data, and suggested a red flag so everyone can change tyres in terms of safety.

06 June 15:40

Red Bull saying its definitely a tyre failure as it's the same tyre on Stroll's car which failed.

06 June 15:40

Everyone can change tyres under the red flag.

06 June 15:36

Race has been red flagged. Cars to line up in pit lane.

06 June 15:36

Hamilton asking if it is tyre damage or tyre wear.

06 June 15:35

Perez leads Hamilton, with Vettel in P3.

06 June 15:35

Our hearts are broken for Max. He was driving such an amazing race. Pirelli has a lot to answer for.

06 June 15:33

We are on lap 47/51. Red Bull is heartbroken.

06 June 15:33

Max's left rear tyre also failed.

06 June 15:31

Max crashes on the main straight!!!!!!!!!

06 June 15:30

Perez still keeping Verstappen at bay.

06 June 15:30

5 laps to go.

06 June 15:28

Max will cruise to victory at this rate, and he also takes fastest lap back from Hamilton.

06 June 15:27

Bottas down in P14.

06 June 15:26

Hamilton takes fastest lap of the race.

06 June 15:26

Hamilton getting half a second down the straight.

06 June 15:21

0.8 seconds between Perez and Hamilton.

06 June 15:19

Max leads Perez by 3.7 seconds.

06 June 15:15

Gasly very upset about Vettel passing him.

06 June 15:14

Vettel takes P4!!!!

06 June 15:14

Max has the fastest lap.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:44.703
2:13:36.410
51
2
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:45.138
1.385
51
3
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:45.588
2.762
51
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:46.692
3.828
51
5
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:46.663
4.754
51
6
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:45.715
6.382
51
7
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:45.401
6.624
51
8
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:46.175
7.709
51
9
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:46.618
8.874
51
10
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:46.426
9.576
51
11
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:46.651
10.254
51
12
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:46.762
11.264
51
13
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:47.769
14.241
51
14
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:48.123
14.315
51
15
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:51.085
17.668
51
16
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:47.331
42.379
51
R
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
RETIRED
47 LAPS
3
R
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Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
RETIRED
21 LAPS
29
R
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
RETIRED
5 LAPS
45
R
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
RETIRED
2 LAPS
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06 Jun

Thanks very much for joining us today and see you soon. Long live the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

06 Jun

You have two weeks to recover from the chaos of this weekend, and once that wait ends, we'll be covering all the action from Friday all the way through to Sunday.

06 Jun

It will be on a track that hasn't been *quite* as exciting as Baku in the past, Paul Ricard. But hey, after today, who knows?

06 Jun

Well, what a race weekend that was, and what a season this is turning out to be. Bring on the next round.

06 Jun

It's a massive shame for Verstappen, but a podium of Perez, Vettel and Gasly really is lovely to see. All absolutely chuffed to be there.

06 Jun

In the midfield, podiums for Aston Martin and AlphaTauri have really shaken things up.

06 Jun

For the first time in lord knows how long, Bottas, Hamilton and Verstappen all fail to score points while Perez picks up a tidy 25.

06 Jun

Well, I for one, need a lie-down. Well done Baku.

06 Jun

Bottas and Hamilton finish in P12 and P15. Wow.

06 Jun

Tsunoda, Sainz, Ricciardo and Raikkonen complete the top 10.

06 Jun

Leclerc and Norris cross the line close together in P4 and P5 while Alonso takes P6 after a late charge.

06 Jun

Vettel and Gasly take P2 and P3!

06 Jun

Sergio Perez wins the Azerbaijan Grand Prix!

06 Jun

What a battle this is for the final podium spot!

06 Jun

Leclerc takes P3 from Gasly but the Frenchman gets back ahead!

06 Jun

He tried to dive down the inside of Perez at the start but locked up and went into the run off area!

06 Jun

Hamilton goes off at Turn 1!!

06 Jun

The cars are heading out of the pit-lane and back to the grid. Right then, back to it. How are the nerves?

06 Jun

What a strange situation this is. A standing start, with only three laps to follow. Now this is what I call a sprint race.

06 Jun

How drivers get off the line will determine where they finish. No pressure, boys.

06 Jun

Confirmed: It will be a standing start.

06 Jun

On the flip side, one bad start and he could lose a podium. Anything could happen.

06 Jun

What an opportunity this is for Hamilton. It looked like he'd lose ground to Verstappen, but he could now win the race.

06 Jun

The big question now is whether we'll have a standing start or Safety Car restart.

06 Jun

The race will be resumed in 14 minutes.

06 Jun

Perez will restart on fresh mediums, Hamilton on fresh hards and Vettel on fresh softs.

06 Jun

It looks like the race will be restarted.

06 Jun

Red Bull told the FIA that they had zero warning about the tyre failure, which is why the race was suspended.

06 Jun

As it stands, Vettel will be on the podium and Perez will be taking his first win with Red Bull. A big day.

06 Jun

There will be three laps left to race, if it restarts. In the meantime, everyone can change tyres.

06 Jun

The session has been suspended, but it's not necessarily over...

06 Jun

Red Flag!

06 Jun

Verstappen is absolutely crushed, and understandably. He deserved this win.

06 Jun

Pirelli will have a lot to answer for after this race. They said they were sure tyres would last well over 40 laps.

06 Jun

We have a Safety Car, which the race will surely finish under.

06 Jun

Like Stroll, he's had a tyre failure on the pit straight! He's out.

06 Jun

VERSTAPPEN CRASHES!

06 Jun

Five laps to go. One second between Perez and Hamilton.

06 Jun

Verstappen has the win in the back. He has a 4.2s lead and has just gone purple. 26 points are his as it stands.

06 Jun

As has been the case all day, there is nothing to choose between Perez and Hamilton. What a battle for P2 this has been.

06 Jun

Giovinazzi passes Bottas...

06 Jun

He almost takes P2 on the pit straight, but the Mexican responds by pulling away on the next lap.

06 Jun

Verstappen has 3.5 second lead, while Hamilton is under a second behind Perez.

06 Jun

Bottas has dropped all the way down to P13.

06 Jun

The German is on much freshers tyres than Hamilton. He couldn't, could he?

06 Jun

Vettel passes Gasly to take P4!

06 Jun

Leclerc falls behind Vettel and very nearly crashes.

06 Jun

Ricciardo passes Bottas!

06 Jun

The Red Bulls get away well to hold off Hamilton.

06 Jun

Safety Car coming in...

06 Jun

Schumacher one of those to pit but he has an issue and has to be wheeled back to the pit-box.

06 Jun

A few of the backmarkers pit too, but that's it for now.

06 Jun

Alonso pits for softs.

06 Jun

The pit-lane is now open. Who will blink?

06 Jun

A reminder: Baku is notorious for its chaotic Safety Car restarts...

06 Jun

Because of his car and the debris, the pit-lane is still closed. Otherwise, lots would be heading in.

06 Jun

Thankfully, he's fine, if a little shaken up.

06 Jun

After 30 laps, his hard tyres gave way. That may make others reconsider going to the end on their's...

06 Jun

The Canadian had a tyre failure on the pit straight, where his car is still beached.

06 Jun

Safety Car! And, because of where he crashed, the pit-lane is closed.

06 Jun

Big accident! Stroll is out!

06 Jun

A great fight for P4 is brewing. Stroll has yet to pit, while Gasly, Leclerc and Vettel are separated by just two seconds.

06 Jun

We're over halfway through and have had no Safety Cars. Surely we'll get one...

06 Jun

Hamilton doesn't have the pace to fight the Red Bulls, so Mercedes will start to think about pitting him again to put him on fresh tyres for a late charge. It could be worth a try.

06 Jun

Perez has stabilised the gap to Hamilton now, with it up to around two seconds.

06 Jun

The other Mercedes is all over Norris but can't find a way past.

06 Jun

This is a real scrap between Perez and Hamilton as they trade quicker laps and sectors. All the while, Verstappen is looking comfortable up ahead.

06 Jun

Unless Perez can find more pace, it's only a matter of time until Hamilton gets him.

06 Jun

Vettel finally pits and come back out in P7. That's gone very well.

06 Jun

Hamilton sets the fastest lap and is now all over the Red Bull just ahead of him.

06 Jun

Stroll has also yet to pit and won't do so for a while given he started on hards. He's in P5 right now.

06 Jun

Perez goes purple again...

06 Jun

Vettel is now the only man yet to pit and is therefore leading.

06 Jun

With DRS, Hamilton has a look at Perez but can't get past.

06 Jun

The Mexican comes in and rejoins in P2 just behind Verstappen! He had a slow stop too. If he didn't, he'd be leading.

06 Jun

Perez is still out and flying. If he keeps this up, he could take the lead.

06 Jun

Verstappen pits! It's a solid stop and he comes out ahead of Hamilton! He has a decent lead too.

06 Jun

Bottas pits and comes out behind Norris. Ricciardo is all over him too.

06 Jun

Can Verstappen and Perez pull off the overcut?

06 Jun

Hamilton pits! It wasn't the best stop.

06 Jun

Sainz goes off at Turn 8! He stays out of the wall but loses a lot of places.

06 Jun

Perez goes purple.

06 Jun

The front three all have pretty even pace right now. Verstappen is within DRS range of Hamilton for the first time...

06 Jun

Leclerc pits for hards and rejoins in P10.

06 Jun

Alonso and Norris pit. Can the McLaren man get the undercut on Bottas?

06 Jun

He cruises past the Ferrari man with DRS.

06 Jun

Perez is looking pretty rapid and is already all over Leclerc now.

06 Jun

He does indeed lose DRS and Verstappen passes him around the outside of Turn 1!

06 Jun

The issue for the Dutchman is that Leclerc still has DRS from Hamilton to defend with. If he loses that, he'll be a sitting duck.

06 Jun

Verstappen has gotten close to Leclerc in the final DRS zone but hasn't had an opening yet. If he gets one, it will most likely come at Turn 1.

06 Jun

Ocon is the first retirement of the day as he pulls into the pits with an engine issue.

06 Jun

While his team-mate leads, Bottas is still where he started in P10.

06 Jun

Verstappen needs to get past the Ferrari quickly now if he wants to win.

06 Jun

Hamilton takes the lead on the final straight!

06 Jun

Russell pits for hards straightaway. He'll try to go to the end of them.

06 Jun

Ricciardo passes Norris to take P12. That'll feel good.

06 Jun

So, everyone makes it through the first lap unscathed. Who would've thought?

06 Jun

Perez makes a great start, flying past Sainz and Gasly!

06 Jun

And we're off! Leclerc gets away well to hold the lead ahead of Hamilton and Verstappen.

06 Jun

Everyone is starting on softs asides from Raikkonen, Stroll and the Williams drivers.

06 Jun

The formation lap is underway. Strap in...

06 Jun

Right then, if you have any errands to run, now's the time, because the race is less than five minutes away, and it could last a while...

06 Jun

In terms of strategy, the soft tyre doesn't last long here, so expect pit stops within the first 15 laps or so and a lot of two-stop races.

06 Jun

Tributes have been paid to the late Max Mosley and Mansour Ojjeh, and the national anthem has been sung. Drivers now preparing to get into their cars.

06 Jun

On his way to the grid, Russell has almost crashed at the treacherous Turn 15, while Ricciardo has gone off at Turn 16. If you're a betting man, it may be a good idea to put some money on many, many Safety Cars coming out today.

06 Jun

Not only did yesterday's stoppages shake up the order, but because of them, we head into the race today without much of an idea of what the pecking order is. Red Bull looked strongest all weekend prior to qualifying, but Mercedes had good race pace, while

06 Jun

Yeah, things are pretty mixed up throughout the grid, and that's because the Red Flag in Q3 was one of four to be waved throughout qualifying, with Giovinazzi, Stroll and Ricciardo also getting up close and personal with the city walls.

06 Jun

Here's the full grid for today's race: P1 Leclerc, P2 Hamilton, P3 Verstappen, P4 Gasly, P5 Sainz, P6 Perez, P7 Tsunoda, P8 Alonso, P9 Norris, P10 Bottas, P11 Vettel, P12 Ocon, P13 Ricciardo, P14 Raikkonen, P15 Russell, P16 Latifi, P17 Schumacher, P18 Maz

06 Jun

The premature end to the day gave us a rather mixed up result, with Hamilton just ahead of Verstappen in P3, Perez starting in P6 and Bottas in P10. Yeah, this is going to be fun.

06 Jun

No, that undesirable honour went to Yuki Tsunoda, who - on his final flying lap - crashed into the wall at Turn 3. What's more, his crash distracted Carlos Sainz and caused the Ferrari man to lose control himself.

06 Jun

Charles Leclerc took his second consecutive pole position, and once again had a Red Flag to thank for preventing his rivals from trying to beat his time, although he wasn't the one to bring it out this time around.

06 Jun

So, excited? You should be. With an hour to go, here's a reminder of what happened in the quite frankly insane qualifying session yesterday.

06 Jun

Good morning from Baku...it's race day! We hope you have nothing else planned today because this could be a long, chaotic race if qualifying was anything to go by. We will have all the build-up from 1500 local time with the race to follow at 1600. Join us
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:41.218
-
19
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:41.450
0.232
21
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:41.563
0.345
19
4
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:41.565
0.347
18
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:41.576
0.358
18
6
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:41.917
0.699
18
7
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:42.211
0.993
19
8
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:42.327
1.109
20
9
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:41.747
0.529
20
10
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:42.659
1.441
21
11
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:42.224
15
12
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:42.273
11
13
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:42.558
14
14
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:42.587
15
15
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:42.758
12
16
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:43.128
8
17
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:44.158
10
18
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:44.238
9
19
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
2
20
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
4
Qualifying 1
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:41.545
-
9
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:41.760
0.215
8
3
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:41.968
0.423
8
4
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:42.121
0.576
8
5
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:42.167
0.622
10
6
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:42.241
0.696
9
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:42.288
0.743
9
8
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:42.304
0.759
9
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:42.426
0.881
5
10
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:42.460
0.915
10
11
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:42.521
0.976
9
12
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:42.701
1.156
9
13
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:42.728
1.183
8
14
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:42.923
1.378
9
15
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:42.934
1.389
10
16
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:43.128
1.583
8
17
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:44.158
2.613
10
18
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:44.238
2.693
9
19
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
2
20
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
4

05 Jun

Replays show Norris at full throttle down the main straight when McLaren told him of the red flags, he then decided not to pit for safety reasons, feeling it was too late for him to get down to pit-lane speed. It remains to be seen if the stewards will lo

05 Jun

Giovinazzi, Stroll, Mazepin, Schumacher and Latifi miss out on Q2. Russell's Williams record lives on.

05 Jun

Much better from Hamilton who takes over P1, two tenths up on Verstappen. Russell meanwhile shoots up to P12.

05 Jun

Giovinazzi and Stroll we know will be eliminated, and Schumacher, Mazepin and Russell are currently set to join them. Is this where Russell's run finally ends? He is yet to be outqualified by a Williams team-mate.

05 Jun

Mercedes finally get laps in, Hamilton goes P4 after a purple Sector 3, though it's only P8 for Bottas.

05 Jun

Lando Norris will be investigated after the session, "red flag procedures" is stated as the reason.

05 Jun

Right then, let's try this again, the track is back to green.

05 Jun

This is hugely concerning for Mercedes, who now have scrubbed another set of tyres which they could not set a lap on. And this time it was the C5 soft tyres, a very important qualifying tyre for the team with the overall pace seemingly not there.

05 Jun

Another crash at Turn 15! This time Antonio Giovinazzi. The red flags are out again.

05 Jun

Solid opening runs from Red Bull, Verstappen goes P1 on a 1:41.7, while Perez slots into P2.

05 Jun

Mercedes have been forced to abandon the plan, they are going out on the soft tyres.

05 Jun

Q1 resumes with 14 minutes to go.

05 Jun

On a positive note, this delay offered Williams precious extra minutes, and now Russell's FW43B is fixed and ready to go.

05 Jun

Leclerc was the only driver to set a time before that incident for Stroll.

05 Jun

Far too wide at Turn 15, Stroll refused to bail out and clattered the wall, wrecking the front-right area of that Aston Martin. We know that Stroll then will be one of the drivers to suffer Q1 elimination, and is set to start the Azerbaijan Grand Prix fro

05 Jun

Lance Stroll has crashed, red flags. What a mess the front of that Aston Martin is.

05 Jun

Latifi's mechanics have rushed over to Russell's side of the garage to help the recovery effort. They hope to get Russell out in time to have one flying lap in this session.

05 Jun

Both Bottas and Hamilton have decided to go out on the C4 medium tyre. Verstappen and Perez over at Red Bull are on the soft rubber.

05 Jun

The green light is on in the pit lane, Q1 begins. This session is all about avoiding those five elimination spots between P16 and P20.

05 Jun

Verstappen is ready to go, his RB16B is fixed. Russell's car is still receiving attention from the mechanics.

05 Jun

Just a few minutes to go now until Q1 begins. The sun is still shining bright in Baku, creating a track temperature of 49c.

05 Jun

So an AlphaTauri/Red Bull battle for pole could be brewing in Baku, though Ferrari can not be ruled out after finishing P4 and P5 in FP3. It was a scruffy session for all with lots of interruptions.

05 Jun

The Williams mechanics are still working frantically on Russell's Williams, will he make Q1?

05 Jun

Mercedes themselves are struggling. Lewis Hamilton took P3 in FP3, though they estimated that the tow which he picked up from Sergio Perez down the huge start/finish straight was worth six tenths. Valtteri Bottas meanwhile managed only P13.

05 Jun

There were also problems for George Russell who ground to a halt late in FP3. Williams has since confirmed that a water leak was to blame, and so an engine change has taken place during the break. Both Williams drivers have now suffered engine failures in

05 Jun

But while Gasly was in dreamland atop the standings, elsewhere there were some major lows. Take Max Verstappen for example, who saw his FP3 end in the barriers at Turn 15. The front wing and steering arm was broken, but Red Bull should have that fixed in

05 Jun

Pierre Gasly goes into Q1 with momentum, springing a surprise by comfortably taking P1 in the final practice session.

05 Jun

Hello and welcome back to Baku! What promises to be a crazy afternoon of qualifying is only 30 minutes away. All times are local.
Qualifying 2
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:41.625
-
14
2
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:41.630
0.005
13
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:41.634
0.009
15
4
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:41.654
0.029
15
5
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:41.659
0.034
14
6
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:41.740
0.115
13
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:41.813
0.188
15
8
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:41.932
0.307
14
9
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:42.106
0.481
15
10
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:42.195
0.570
15
11
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:42.224
0.599
15
12
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:42.273
0.648
11
13
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:42.558
0.933
14
14
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:42.587
0.962
15
15
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:42.758
1.133
12

05 Jun

Tsunoda makes Q3 for the first time in his Formula 1 career, and in some style! He ends Q2 only 0.029s slower than Verstappen in P1.

05 Jun

The session will not be restarted, so that means Vettel, Ocon, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Russell are out in Q2.

05 Jun

Guess what...red flags. Ricciardo's Q2 has come to an abrupt end as he beaches the McLaren in the barriers at Turn 3. Luckily he is okay.

05 Jun

Tsunoda wanted more battery boost, and it looks like he got it, P4 for the AlphaTauri driver.

05 Jun

Verstappen takes over P1, the top four are covered by 0.034s!

05 Jun

Gasly goes P7, only six-tenths separates P1 down to P11. This one is tight!

05 Jun

Hamilton goes P2, mastering that final sector again. And he set that 1:41.634 without a slipstream.

05 Jun

Ocon gives the wall a slap with his rear-right wheel after a snap of overtseer. He got away with that one.

05 Jun

Perez lays down the early benchmark with a 1:41.6, while Leclerc and Sainz split the Red Bulls.

05 Jun

That was far, far, far too aggressive from Vettel! He came flying out of the Aston Martin garage, almost hitting Perez after narrowly avoiding the team personnel in front of the garage as he raced to overtake the queue.

05 Jun

Q2 time! Another rush to get out of the pit lane as Vettel nearly wipes out a mechanic. It is getting a little dangerous now it must be said.
Qualifying 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:41.218
-
19
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:41.450
0.232
21
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:41.563
0.345
19
4
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:41.565
0.347
18
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:41.576
0.358
18
6
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:41.747
0.529
20
7
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:41.917
0.699
18
8
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:42.211
0.993
19
9
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:42.327
1.109
20
10
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:42.659
1.441
21

05 Jun

Baku is known for producing exciting races, but with this grid, the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix may just be the best yet! Make sure to join us tomorrow.

05 Jun

So, now that we have calmed down a little, Hamilton will join Leclerc on the front row, followed on the grid by Verstappen in P3, Gasly P4, Sainz P5, Norris P6, Perez P7, Tsunoda P8, Alonso P9 and Bottas a very disappointing P10.

05 Jun

In Monaco Leclerc crashed, securing pole for himself by red-flagging the session, this week it was his team-mate Sainz who did the job for him alongside Tsunoda! Chaos makes it back-to-back pole positions for Ferrari.

05 Jun

Actually, Sainz crashed alone, he took far too much speed into the corner, spun and hit the wall.

05 Jun

Sainz and Tsunoda have crashed! We can not believe this, it has happened again! Red flags are out and Leclerc is on pole for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix!

05 Jun

Gasly purple in Sector 1, personal best in Sector 2, if Tsunoda had have slowed down a little to give the slipstream, then that could have been provisional pole for Gasly. But, P4 is a very solid effort from the Frenchman.

05 Jun

AlphaTauri take advantage of a nice empty track to do their first flying laps, Tsunoda leads the way.

05 Jun

Verstappen P3, Sainz P4, Norris P5, Perez P6, Alonso P7, Bottas P8, Tsunoda P9 and Gasly P10 is the current top 10, but there are more laps to come.

05 Jun

Hamilton onto the front row as it stands in P2.

05 Jun

It's provisional pole for Charles Leclerc, for the second race weekend in a row! He got a perfect tow from Hamilton.

05 Jun

Q3 time! This is going to be a crazy scrap for pole!
Practice 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:43.184
-
19
2
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:43.227
0.043
20
3
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:43.521
0.337
20
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:43.630
0.446
17
5
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:43.732
0.548
25
6
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:43.757
0.573
23
7
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:43.893
0.709
20
8
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:43.996
0.812
20
9
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:44.777
1.593
25
10
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:44.891
1.707
20
11
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:44.943
1.759
18
12
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:45.092
1.908
20
13
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:45.234
2.050
23
14
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:45.384
2.200
25
15
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:45.415
2.231
24
16
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:45.446
2.262
23
17
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:45.452
2.268
24
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:45.774
2.590
22
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:46.899
3.715
20
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:46.945
3.761
18

04 Jun

Things will continue with FP2 in just over two hours time, so join us back here then.

04 Jun

Well, all in all, that went pretty well for everyone. The rookies all had a scary moment, but no serious damage was done, so happy days.

04 Jun

The full FP1 result: Verstappen, Leclerc, Sainz, Perez, Ricciardo, Gasly, Hamilton, Norris, Alonso, Bottas, Raikkonen, Giovinazzi, Stroll, Tsunoda, Vettel, Ocon, Russell, Latifi, Schumacher, Mazepin.

04 Jun

It was a much needed good session for Ricciardo, who took P5 just ahead of Gasly and Hamilton.

04 Jun

The session ends with the Ferraris in Red Bull sandwich at the front, with Verstappen and Perez being separated by Leclerc and Sainz. Also, has anyone ever tried a Red Bull sandwich? We hope not...

04 Jun

That's that for FP1.

04 Jun

Bottas and Norris both also end up there but execute perfect spin turns. That's how it's done.

04 Jun

The other Haas meanwhile has done a Tsunoda. Like the Japanese driver, he's in the run-off area and struggling to get out, but eventually does so.

04 Jun

We have a car in the wall for the first time this weekend. It's Mazepin, but he manages to make it back to the pits.

04 Jun

Hamilton is on a fresh softs and will be hoping to get a clean lap in on them.

04 Jun

The Dutchman avoids traffic on his next lap and goes top with a 1:43.184 while Perez takes P4.

04 Jun

Verstappen not happy with Mazepin after the Russian blocks him on a flying lap.

04 Jun

Gasly, like his team-mate, also goes into the run-off area, but finds reverse gear much quicker and gets back on track.

04 Jun

The Ferraris have found some pace. Leclerc goes top with a 1:43.227 and Sainz P2, two-tenths off.

04 Jun

Norris was going purple himself before losing it at Turn 16 and spinning. That'll get the heart rate going.

04 Jun

Hello, what's this? Ricciardo has gone fastest with a 1:43.732. He does love it here.

04 Jun

He doesn't stay there for long as Leclerc goes marginally faster.

04 Jun

Norris puts on softs and moves up to P2, a tenth off Hamilton.

04 Jun

He's made it back to the track!

04 Jun

"He's doing an Austin Powers," George Russell is told on the radio. We like that cultural reference.

04 Jun

He's found it and is now executing a many-point turn. This reminds us of a certain F2 driver a few years ago... If you know, you know.

04 Jun

Tsunoda has ended up in the run-off area and is struggling to find reverse.

04 Jun

Verstappen puts in a good lap, setting a purple sector two, to go just two-tenths away from the lead time.

04 Jun

P3 to P8 is occupied by the Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin drivers, with just a tenth splitting them all.

04 Jun

Verstappen takes P2, but is still a second off.

04 Jun

The Mercedes man improves by just over a second. He's not hanging around.

04 Jun

Verstappen goes a second slower to take P6. He is on mediums and Hamilton on softs.

04 Jun

The Brit goes top with his second attempt, doing a 1:45.112.

04 Jun

Hamilton sets a purple first sector before a Virtual Safety Car stops him in his tracks as a marshall picks up some debris.

04 Jun

The track temperature is pushing 50'C. You could fry an egg on that. Well, you could give it a go.

04 Jun

The Ferraris go P1 and P2 early on.

04 Jun

Checo could really do with a podium to get his Red Bull career going, and he has a good shot of doing so here having claimed two from four races.

04 Jun

Perez is first out, and it looks Red Bull have the same rear wing that they had in Barcelona...

04 Jun

We're underway.

04 Jun

Mercedes and Red Bull will be at the front this weekend, but the big question is: will Ferrari be with them? They were at Monaco, but those straights could hurt them here...

04 Jun

The biggest change to the circuit this year comes at the tightest and trickiest corner, Turn 8, with the kerb being reduced, just to make things that bit faster.

04 Jun

Their life will be made easier by the fact that things are clear and sunny. Unsurprisingly though, given the city is nicknamed the City of Winds, there is a bit of a breeze.

04 Jun

Like last time out in Monaco, practice will be crucial for drivers here given the tricky nature of the circuit. That's particularly true for the four who have never raced here in F1 before.

04 Jun

Two weeks since the last race and two years since the last race here, we're less than 30 minutes from getting back up and running. Welcome back, Baku.

04 Jun

Good morning and welcome to the start of round six of the 2021 season: the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. First up we have first practice which gets underway at 1230 local time.
Practice 2
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:42.115
-
22
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:42.216
0.101
23
3
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:42.243
0.128
24
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:42.436
0.321
22
5
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:42.534
0.419
26
6
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:42.693
0.578
24
7
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:42.941
0.826
25
8
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:43.018
0.903
24
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:43.020
0.905
23
10
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:43.130
1.015
25
11
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:43.156
1.041
24
12
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:43.220
1.105
23
13
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:43.298
1.183
23
14
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:43.812
1.697
21
15
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:43.881
1.766
22
16
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:44.184
2.069
23
17
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:44.557
2.442
24
18
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:45.563
3.448
23
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:46.095
3.980
12
20
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:46.983
4.868
5

04 Jun

All will become clear tomorrow, with FP3 starting at 13:00 local time and qualifying going ahead three hours later. Thanks for joining us today, and see you then.

04 Jun

So, after the first day of running here, things are looking very, very good for Red Bull, with both Verstappen and Perez performing well. Can Mercedes pull something out of the back tomorrow, or could they even end up behind Ferrari?

04 Jun

The full FP2 result: Perez, Verstappen, Sainz, Leclerc, Gasly, Alonso, Giovinazzi, Norris, Ocon, Tsunoda, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Stroll, Vettel, Bottas. Russell, Mazepin, Schumacher, Latifi.

04 Jun

Mercedes meanwhile won't be happy with their work as Hamilton end the day in P11 and P16.

04 Jun

Ferrari continued their strong form from this morning, taking P3 and P4, with Leclerc's crash the only downside of the day for them.

04 Jun

Perez ends it in P1 and was also fastest on the longer runs. Verstappen was narrowly behind him in both departments.

04 Jun

FP2 is done and dusted.

04 Jun

As expected, it looks like softs won't last very long at all here. Expect Red Bull and Mercedes to try and get into Q3 on mediums so they can start on them and go for a one-stop race.

04 Jun

Leclerc is back out but is seriously struggling with tyre wear, as is Bottas.

04 Jun

On the longer runs, Perez and Verstappen are looking even and quicker than everyone else. Going well for Red Bull.

04 Jun

Schumacher has made it out for a few laps.

04 Jun

One of Alonso's greatest moments came at this track in 2018 when he completed a lap on three wheels, and he's looking good again, currently occupying P6.

04 Jun

Bottas isn't having a much better time of things, currently in P16. The Mercedes seems to struggle warming up its tyres.

04 Jun

"I don't really know where all the time is if I'm honest," says Hamilton on the radio. He's currently in P11.

04 Jun

Verstappen goes a tenth slower to make it a Red Bull 1-2.

04 Jun

Perez goes top with a 1:42.115.

04 Jun

Rather than quickly replacing his wing, Ferrari have wheeled him back into the garage to check for engine damage.

04 Jun

Leclerc crashes! He was pushing hard and was on a purple lap but crashed nose-first into the barriers at Turn 15 and lost his front wing after locking up.

04 Jun

Everyone asides from the German and Latifi are on track and on the soft tyre.

04 Jun

Schumacher is stuck in the garage with an oil pressure issue.

04 Jun

Sainz and Leclerc both improve on their times on the soft tyre, with the Spaniard narrowly leading.

04 Jun

We're back underway.

04 Jun

The Canadian said that the engine had died.

04 Jun

We have our first failure of the weekend, and it comes courtesy of Nicholas Latifi, who has come to a halt on track. As a result, we have a Red Flag.

04 Jun

Much like this morning, Ferrari are setting the early pace, with Leclerc and Sainz moving up to P1 and P2.

04 Jun

On mediums, Verstappen goes P2, just behind Gasly, while Perez and Hamilton take P5 and P6.

04 Jun

Norris locks up at Turn 15 and goes into the run-off area. That didn't take long.

04 Jun

The track is immediately busy. Plenty out on track already.

04 Jun

We're up and running in FP2.

04 Jun

One man who would have been happy with his FP1 was Daniel Ricciardo, who finished it in P5. Given he has always been good at this track, he's one to watch for sure.

04 Jun

It wasn't the ideal morning for Mercedes, with Hamilton and Bottas both unable to get a clean lap in when on the soft tyres and running low fuel. As a result, we don't yet know how strong they are here.

04 Jun

While there were no major issues for anyone, the three rookies did have some problems, with Yuki Tsunoda and Mick Schumacher doing their best Austin Powers impressions - you know the scene - after going into the run-off area, while Nikita Mazepin hit the

04 Jun

It was a fairly incident-free session this morning, with Max Verstappen going quickest just ahead of the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

04 Jun

Hello and welcome to live coverage of FP2 of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix! All times are local to Baku.
Practice 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:42.251
-
16
2
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:42.595
0.344
18
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:44.556
0.446
15
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:42.778
0.527
16
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:43.006
0.755
17
6
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:43.011
0.760
15
7
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:43.080
0.829
15
8
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:43.244
0.993
19
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:43.294
1.043
15
10
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:43.557
1.306
17
11
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:43.585
1.334
13
12
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:43.682
1.431
12
13
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:43.745
1.494
16
14
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:43.826
1.575
17
15
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:43.984
1.733
6
16
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:44.054
1.803
17
17
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:44.113
1.862
11
18
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:44.434
2.183
12
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:45.282
3.031
17
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:45.711
3.460
12

05 Jun

Well then, pole could be absolutely anyone's for the taking here in Baku. After seeing Hamilton's P3 time, teams will now be scrambling to set up a perfect tow, and that could flip the order around completely. Make sure to join us for Q1 in a few hours, i

05 Jun

Vettel ends up P11, with Stroll, Bottas, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Latifi, Giovinazzi, Russell, Schumacher and Mazepin completing the order for FP3.

05 Jun

Hamilton finishes P3, followed by Leclerc, Sainz, Norris, Alonso, Tsunoda, Ocon and Ricciardo.

05 Jun

AlphaTauri are very well set indeed as Gasly takes P1 in FP3, a legitimate three tenths clear of Perez. Could the sister team spring an upset on Red Bull this afternoon?

05 Jun

Well, what lessons do we take from that session? It was so scrappy with various interruptions, but what we do know is that the tow will be absolutely crucial in qualifying.

05 Jun

Out comes the chequered flag to end FP3.

05 Jun

Bottas is nowhere, his flying lap is good enough for only P13. Hamilton goes purple in Sector 3 to improve to P3, but it is important to note though that Hamilton got an absolutely perfect tow from Perez. Mercedes estimate that tow was worth six tenths.

05 Jun

What an effort from Gasly! He returns to P1 with an emphatic 1:42.251.

05 Jun

"No power, no gears, it's just died." FP3 is over for Russell as he pulls up with an oil trail following behind the Williams.

05 Jun

Bottas is forced to bail out of his flying lap due to a trip into the escape road for Vettel.

05 Jun

It's a 1:42.779 for Leclerc, but Perez betters that by just under two tenths. He did though get a nice tow from Fernando Alonso.

05 Jun

Leclerc finally has a clear track to push on the softs, Perez is doing the same.

05 Jun

Mazepin returns to the pits after a heavy whack of the wall at the Turn 15 exit. A new front wing will be needed, but hopefully the gearbox is fine.

05 Jun

A tricky few minutes there for Ferrari - Latifi goes off at Turn 3, ruining Leclerc's latest attempt at a push lap, while Sainz then goes straight on at Turn 15.

05 Jun

Hamilton and Bottas are back in the pits now, a real mix of programmes has created a strange the top 10. Gasly and Tsunoda are P1 and P2, followed by Leclerc, Stroll, Perez, Verstappen, Latifi, Sainz, Giovinazzi and Vettel.

05 Jun

A very near miss there for Hamilton who nearly ploughs into the back of Stroll's Aston Martin. The Canadian was going very slow there at the Turn 16 exit, a part of the track where drivers have been warned about this.

05 Jun

Both Bottas and Hamilton are focusing on their race simulations with the medium rubber.

05 Jun

Mercedes were there waiting at the end of the pit lane to head back out. Hamilton is down in P10, and Bottas P14, they need as many laps as they can get before Q1!

05 Jun

25 minutes to go in FP3 as the session restarts.

05 Jun

The front steering arm is definitely broken, but Red Bull should be able to get that fixed in time for Q1. The question is, will that crash have knocked Verstappen's confidence? The team look real contenders for pole and will not want to let this chance s

05 Jun

The disappointment is clear as Verstappen sits with his head down while marshals try to recover the stricken Red Bull.

05 Jun

That's it, Verstappen is out of the car. He took far too much speed into Turn 15, the front-left locked, and from there he was just a passenger. FP3 is red flagged.

05 Jun

It looks like a repeat of Leclerc's mistake from Friday, Verstappen has gone into the barriers at Turn 15. The front wing is broken, and he is struggling to reverse out. "It's not letting me use it," he tells Red Bull when they ask him if he can reverse.

05 Jun

Verstappen has crashed!

05 Jun

Perez pops up to P4, moving ahead of Verstappen once again. The Mexican said he is feeling the most comfortable he ever has in the RB16B, and that is showing.

05 Jun

And there goes Gasly into P1, building a 0.26s advantage over Tsunoda.

05 Jun

Tsunoda tops FP3 currently, but both he and AlphaTauri team-mate Gasly are on a different programme to others with the soft tyre.

05 Jun

"No rear end...or front," says Hamilton over team radio. Not what Mercedes want to hear. They have returned to their old rear wing for this session.

05 Jun

Verstappen keeps it on the track this time, setting a 1:44.8, but it did not seem like he was pushing the limits there on the hard tyre.

05 Jun

Verstappen meanwhile takes to the escape road in the other Red Bull, triggering the yellow flags. But the Dutchman finds reverse and continues in FP3.

05 Jun

Perez has ventured out on the hard tyres, as have the McLarens of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris. A 1:44.404 takes Perez into P1.

05 Jun

A clean lap for Alonso but it is not enough to better Mazepin's early P1 time. The Spaniard was though on the medium rubber, while Mazepin is lapping on the soft tyre.

05 Jun

Hamilton is making his way out of hospitality and into the garage, we should see the Mercedes driver out on track soon as he looks to make up for a poor Friday showing.

05 Jun

"The track seems to be very dirty" reports Nikita Mazepin.

05 Jun

Green lights! FP3 is underway...

05 Jun

Five minutes until we see the green lights again. Conditions are almost identical to Friday as the sun beats down on this bonkers street circuit. Thankfully for the 20 drivers about to head out on track, the wind has dropped slightly.

05 Jun

Whilst most eyes will be on Mercedes in this final FP3 session to see if there is any sign of improvement, it's worth keeping close tabs on McLaren as well. They only very briefly showed their potential pace on Friday and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc is wary

05 Jun

The general consensus is that both Hamilton and Bottas just couldn't get the tyres into the right temperature window to attack this particular street circuit. Red Bull and Ferrari are both doing a much better job in that department.

05 Jun

With Ferrari also looking pretty competitive, the same could not be said for Mercedes as both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finished outside the top 10 in FP2. That meant a very late night for the Silver Arrows as they tried to get to the bottom of t

05 Jun

Things are looking particularly rosy in the Red Bull camp as they topped both Friday practice sessions with Max Verstappen in FP1 and Sergio Perez top of the pile in FP2.

05 Jun

We're just 30 minutes away from FP3, giving us some time to recap what was quite a frantic first day of practice on Friday, especially for Mercedes...

05 Jun

Hello and welcome back to Baku for qualifying day ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. First, we have one final hour of practice coming up from 1300 local time.
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Season Schedule
Date
Grand Prix
Time

04 Jul

Austrian Grand Prix

03:00 PM

18 Jul

British Grand Prix

04:00 PM

01 Aug

Hungarian Grand Prix

03:00 PM

Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Max Verstappen Red Bull
131
2
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
119
3
Sergio Perez Red Bull
84
4
Lando Norris McLaren
76
5
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
59
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Red Bull
215
2
Mercedes
178
3
McLaren
110
Season Results
Grand Prix
Podium

21 Mar

Australian Grand Prix

28 Mar

Bahrain Grand Prix
1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Max Verstappen 3. Valtteri Bottas