AZERBAIJANI GP

 

Qualifying     Grid      Race    

 

Round 4 - Baku. 27 to 29 April

 

All times UK

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 27th

FP1

1000 to 1130

0945 to 1150

0955 to 1145

 

FP2

1400 to 1530

1345 to 1550

1355 to 1535

Sat 28th

FP3

1100 to 1200

1045 to 1215

1055 to 1225

 

Qual

1400 to 1500-ish

1300 to 1545

1255 to 1545

Sun 29th 

Race

1310 to 1440-ish

1130 to 1610

1200 to 1630 ?

 

Tyre Allocation for this race:

 

Soft / Supersoft /Ultrasoft

 

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Individual driver’s tyre choices:

 

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Soft

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Super Soft

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Ultra Soft

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2

2

9

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

1

3

9

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

1

2

10

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2

1

10

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

2

3

8

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2

3

8

Sergio Perez (Force India)

2

2

9

Esteban Ocon (Force India)

2

2

9

Lance Stroll (Williams)

1

4

8

Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)

2

3

8

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

2

4

7

Carlos Sainz (Renault)

2

4

7

Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

2

3

8

Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)

2

3

8

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

1

3

9

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

1

3

9

Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

1

3

9

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

1

2

10

Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

2

1

10

Charles Leclerc (Sauber)

1

2

10

 

FP1:

·      Everyone had problems getting the tyres either up to temperature or to work at all…!!!

·      Verstappen crashed (there’s a surprise) about half way through.

·      Raikkonen had a problem “somewhere around the gearbox area, but not the gearbox itself”!

·      Sainz’s car was parked in the garage for the last half hour.

·      Ocon was doing his usual job then his engineer mentioned he was braking too early and not hard enough into turn 3 – next thing you know he’s in 4th.

·      I shouldn’t read too much into the times, or the order, though.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m44.242s

2

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m45.200s

4

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

5

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

7

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

1m46.465s

8

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

9

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

10

Vettel

Ferrari

 

11

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

12

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

13

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

14

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

15

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

16

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m47.053s

18

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

19

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

20

Sainz

Renault

1m48.741s

 

FP2:

·      Verstappen was late out as they were still getting his car ready after his FP1 crash.

·      I know you can’t attach too much importance to times and finishing order in free practise but it’s interesting to see the Force India’s running well here as they did last year.

·      Ricciardo was quite impressive, and Vettel wasn’t. Good to see Alonso up there, but what happened to Vandoorne?

·      Verstappen was crawling back to the pits with a rough sounding engine at the very end.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m42.795s

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

6

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

7

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

1m43.814s

8

Sainz

Renault

 

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

11

Vettel

Ferrari

 

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

13

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

14

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

15

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m44.712s

16

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

17

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

18

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

19

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

20

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m46.042s

 

FP3:

·      Drivers still struggling to get the tyres to work for them, and getting to grips with a fairly strong gusty wind. Interesting to watch how the “best drivers in the world” manage these situations.  And the wind is forecast to get stronger this afternoon…!

·      All going fairly well until about 7 minutes from the end when Sirotkin locked up and instead of taking to the escape road like many before him, he elected to try to get around the corner only to meet the wall and destroy his front right corner. The red flags came out and everyone (except Sirotkin!!) retirned to the pits. The clock continued to count down (as it does in practise sessions) and the marshals did an excellent job with the session restarting in four minutes. There was a rush to get out and try to finish qualifying simulator runs that had been interrupted by the red flag.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m43.091s

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

 

6

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

8

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m44.123s

9

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

10

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

11

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

12

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

13

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m44.905s

14

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

16

Sainz

Renault

 

17

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

18

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

20

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m46.186s

 

Q1:

·      Not too bad a session.  You could tell they were still trying to get the tyres to work to their liking, but everyone was in the same boat so it evened itself out.

·      The Toro Rosso’s were back were they should be.  The McLaren’s didn’t do as well as I expected, and the Williams’ didn’t live up to their practise form.

·      Leclerc deserves a special mention!!

·      Towards the end of the session there was one of those ‘heart-in-mouth’ moments when Hartley brushed the wall and gave himself a puncture and was in the middle of the track as his teammate came hurtling up behind him around the left-hand bend. Gasly had a split second, literally, to decide which side to go. From the onboard camera view we were privileged to see the first view he got was slightly down Hartley’s left  side so he made to go down that side, but then Hartley , no doubt attempting to get out of the way moved slightly left so Gasly changed his mind, no doubt instinctively as there was certainly no time to actually consider this, and went right, only for Hartley to kink slightly right himself. Gasly went a little more right and how they didn’t make contact is more along the lines of a miracle rather than just good fortune!  This put Gasly too far right and off the ideal line for the next left-hander and he went straight on into the escape road. I need not dwell on the radio message he sent to his pit…!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m42.538s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

6

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

7

Bottas

Mercedes

8

Sainz

Renault

9

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m43.674s

10

Hulkenberg

Renault

11

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

13

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

 

14

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

15

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m44.359s 

16

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

1m44.489s 

17

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

 

18

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m45.541s 

19

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

1m57.571s 

20

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

No time 

 

Q2:

Fairly uneventful session. Although I don’t suspect Raikkonen would agree.  He wasn’t doing too well, following lockups and excursions in to escape roads, but he came good very near the end and secured a worthy fastest time.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m42.510s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

6

Vettel

Ferrari

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

9

Sainz

Renault

10

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m43.482s

11

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m43.585s

12

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

13

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

 

14

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

15

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m44.759s 

 

Q3:

As usual the last session came in two parts and on the first runs the order was pretty much established. On Raikkonen’s last run he was well on his way to being fastest again (and pole position) when he lost the back on one of the faster corners and although he corrected masterfully, it lost him too much time.

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

20

1m41.498s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

19

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

18

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

17

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

16

6

Raikkonen

Ferrari

15

7

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

14

1m42.523s

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

13

9

Hulkenberg

Renault

12

10

Sainz

Renault

11

1m43.351s

 

GRID:

·      Hulkenberg awarded a 5-place penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

·      Hartle’s time and Grosjean’s lack of a time in Q1 effectively eliminates them as they failed to qualify, but it’s up to the stewards to allow them to race – which they probably will.

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

20

 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

19

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

18

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

17

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

16

6

Raikkonen

Ferrari

15

7

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

14

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

13

9

Sainz

Renault

12

10

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

11

11

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

10

12

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

9

13

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

8

 

14

Hulkenberg

Renault

7

Penalty

15

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

6

 

16

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

5

 

17

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

4

 

18

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

3

 

19

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

2

 

20

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1

 

 

RACE:

Where do I start? Tell you what… If you didn’t watch it live, make every attempt to watch a repeat. It was the most incident-packed race I have seen for a very long time.

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

51

20

 

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

51

19

 

3

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

51

18

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

51

17

 

5

Sainz

Renault

51

16

 

6

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

51

15

 

7

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

51

14

 

8

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

51

13

 

9

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

51

12

 

10

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

51

11

 

11

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

51

10

 

12

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

51

9

 

13

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

51

8

 

14

Bottas

Mercedes

48

7

Puncture

15

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

42

6

Accident

16

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

39

5

Accident

17

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

39

4

Accident

18

Hulkenberg

Renault

10

3

Damage

19

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

0

2

Accident

20

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

0

1

Accident

 

 

 

 

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