Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Formula One leader Max Verstappen sets the pace in Baku

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Max Verstappen acceptable a clip of 1 minute, 43.184 seconds successful his Red Bull to bushed Ferrari operator Charles Leclerc by .043 seconds. The 2nd Ferrari of Carlos Sainz was third, .337 seconds disconnected the pace.

Red Bull operator  Max Verstappen

Red Bull operator Max Verstappen (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Seven times satellite champion Lewis Hamilton finished seventh
  • Ferrari driver’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished 2nd and third
  • The contention successful Baku was not held past twelvemonth owed to the Covid-19 pandemic

Formula One person Max Verstappen acceptable the fastest clip successful the archetypal signifier league Friday for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Verstappen acceptable a clip of 1 minute, 43.184 seconds successful his Red Bull to bushed Ferrari operator Charles Leclerc by .043 seconds. The 2nd Ferrari of Carlos Sainz was third, .337 seconds disconnected the pace.

Seven times satellite champion Lewis Hamilton, 4 points down Verstappen aft 5 races, was lone seventh fastest with squad mate Valtteri Bottas -- victor successful Baku successful 2019 -- 10th.

Both were slowed by postulation connected speedy laps, however, and the 'dirty' way proved slippery for drivers who besides had to contend with breezy conditions.

The play has been dominated by a enactment implicit 'bendy' rear wings, with the governing FIA keeping a adjacent oculus connected the concern earlier introducing caller tests astatine the pursuing French Grand Prix.

Verstappen's Mexican squad mate Sergio Perez, a two-times podium finisher successful Baku with now-defunct Force India, was 4th connected the timesheets.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, a victor successful Azerbaijan with Red Bull successful 2017, was 5th for McLaren and AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly sixth.

The contention successful Baku was not held past twelvemonth owed to the Covid-19 pandemic and volition beryllium held without spectators this weekend.

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