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FP2 - 0.1s splits Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari in Azerbaijan - Formula 1

Grip levels remained low around the Baku City Circuit, with numerous off-track excursions. The worst was for Jolyon Palmer, who put his Renault into the wall at Turn 8 in a near repeat of Sergio Perez’s FP1 accident. Verstappen then went side on into the Turn 1 barriers within sight of the chequered flag, sustaining rear-end damage to his car.

Perez recovered to finish seventh in FP2 in his repaired Force India, behind Lance Stroll, the Canadian rookie turning in an excellent performance for sixth. Then came Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, Force India’s Esteban Ocon - and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton stranded in 10th.

But it was a session remarkable for incident, that could be summarised in three words: Yellow and red. Flags, that is.

After Palmer and Haas’s Kevin Magnussen had set the early pace, Kvyat posted 1m 46.868s and was in turn ousted by Vettel on 1m 46.089s, before Verstappen upped...


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FIA Friday press conference - Azerbaijan - Formula 1 - Formula 1

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: Eric, if I could start with you, we saw another engine failure for Fernando Alonso this afternoon… you're shaking your head.

Eric BOULLIER: Yes, it wasn't an engine failure. It was a gearbox failure.

Q: A gearbox failure, but regarding that thorny subject of Honda. The regularity of the criticism from McLaren senior management suggests that the situation is now irretrievable. Is there anything that can be done to repair the relationship? 

EB: Well, first of all, your question is a suggestion, as you said, which is not exactly the truth or the case. Both organisations are working very, very hard to get to where we want to be. The level of friction, let's say, if there is any, is a little bit exacerbated by the media. It is true that we have to deliver what we need to do, we have to be where we want to be but both organisations are working hard to deliver and I...


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Baku Turn 8 kerb changed after crashes in Formula 1 practice - autosport.com

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Will Formula One lose more than it gains if they continue to increase the calendar? - Telegraph.co.uk

Liberty Media have continued to put their stamp on the  Formula One schedule with the return of the French and German Grand Prix’ for the 2018 season. The return of the two European tracks will take the number of races to 21 - after the Malaysian Grand Prix was cut; with rumours still circulating that that number will increase further still in 2019.   

The fact that France will form part of a triple-header with Austria and the British race at Silverstone will put pressure not only on the drivers but the teams as a whole, as everyone will have to find a way to navigate three races in two weeks.   

On a circuit-to-circuit basis, they will travel a total 2698km for those three races - not accounting for journeys to and from their respective homes. France to Austria a total of  1,112km and the trip to the Great British GP a further 1,586km.   

It is common knowledge that those who travel...


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Russell to test for Mercedes in Hungary - Formula 1

“I’m just so excited to be testing the W08,” said Russell, who is attending this weekend’s Azerbaijan race to embed himself further with the team. “I’ve probably driven more virtual laps than anyone else with this car so it’s going to be incredible to drive it in reality!”

Alongside competing for ART Grand Prix in the GP3 Series this season, Russell has completed significant simulator mileage for Mercedes at their Brackley base and has been training with the physical demands of F1 in mind.

The 19-year-old Briton first tested with the team in 2015, before joining the Mercedes-Benz Junior Programme this year. His Hungaroing session on August 1st and 2nd will be his first taste of 2017-spec Formula 1 machinery.

“My biggest priority is to do a good job for the team, to tick off the items on the engineers’ programme and make sure we get the most out of the car and our running over the two...


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Verstappen: Red Bull should have been third - Formula 1

The Red Bull driver, who was quickest in both practice sessions on Friday, had to contend with several difficulties on Saturday, including a hydraulic problem which stopped his car in FP3.

Despite further issues in Q2, Verstappen made it through to Q3, only to run into another problem, leaving the Dutchman, who eventually qualified fifth, cursing his luck.

“It’s not really nice to be in fifth,” he said. “The problem in FP3 was not ideal, but also in Q2 I had some issues with going to the limiter - the engine was cutting out a bit - so that was not good.

“Then in Q3, my final lap when it all counts, I was three-tenths faster than my previous lap time but then I lost gear sync. So on the straights I was losing a lot of lap time, which is of course very painful. We need to get on top of that because it shouldn’t happen.”

Though he missed out on a second-row grid slot, Verstappen...


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Qualifying - Hamilton storms to Baku pole - Formula 1

Q3 was red flagged with 3m 33s remaining after Daniel Ricciardo lost the rear of his Red Bull on the exit of Turn 6 and clouted the wall, ending the Australian’s hopes. It set up a barnstorming end to the hour when running resumed.

Max Verstappen was first on track and took the sole remaining Red Bull to fifth, ahead of the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. Williams rookie Lance Stroll out-qualified team mate Felipe Massa for eighth, with the unfortunate Ricciardo completing the top ten.

Hamilton had dominated Q1 with a lap of 1m 41.983s which left Verstappen breathless on 1m 42.544s as Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Vettel (with a new ‘old’ engine in his Ferrari after his car developed a water leak in FP3) and Bottas followed.

Down the back, Kevin Magnussen saved what was looking like a disastrous session for Haas by bumping Fernando Alonso out of Q2 at the last moment. Thus the...


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Fernando Alonso Q&A: 'Staying out of trouble' McLaren's only hope - Formula 1

Q: Fernando, given your 40-place grid penalty for the race, was there anything positive you could take from qualifying? Will the race not be a rather pointless undertaking for you?

Fernando Alonso: Well, fact is that points you only get on Sunday - and from what we have seen so far there are so many uncertainties that the most positive thing I take from today is that tomorrow is when it counts. We always knew that this track will probably not be our best performance of the year because of the level of power that you need here, but nevertheless we did a good preparation for the race. Yes, it will be difficult to start from last position, but be sure that I will try my best.

Q: Is there anything in the car that gives you hope there could be points tomorrow?

FA: What we know is that we don’t have the pace. We have never finished in the top ten so far this year, as our standing shows,...


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What the teams said - qualifying in Azerbaijan - Formula 1

Mercedes

After a disappointing Friday, both Hamilton and Bottas looked to have rediscovered some pace in the final practice session, suggesting a close fight for pole between a number of teams. But when qualifying rolled around, Hamilton proved to be in a class of his own, grabbing pole by almost half a second from his team mate. Bottas gave it everything he had, even brushing the wall, but could not quite match the three-time champion and lines up alongside him on the front row.

Lewis Hamilton, 1st, 1:40.593

"My pole lap in Montreal was pretty special, but I think this one here tops that. My first run in Q3 was actually really good, but I was a bit greedy into the last corner, locked up and cost myself time. After the red flag, there was a lot of pressure on that final lap. All weekend we've struggled to switch the car on over a single lap, but it was an all or nothing moment so I...


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Stroll: Qualifying another turning point for confidence - Formula 1

The 18-year-old trailed Massa over the first six Grands Prix of 2017 - but with the Brazilian eliminated in Canada, Stroll brought home Williams' only points in ninth place. He says that result was a turning point for his self-belief - which has only been boosted by qualifying eighth in Azerbaijan.

"I think it's time, experience... I gain every time I get in the car," Stroll said of his improved performance. 

"Canada was great for my confidence, and I've felt more comfortable this weekend - jumping in the car in FP1 I felt really confident immediately with the track, the balance - everything just came together. And today was obviously a great day too.

"I missed out a bit in Q3 compared to my Q2 lap, I didn't feel I was able to get the tyres working perfectly and it was a scruffy lap from my side. But all in all very happy with it."

Stroll says he and the team have also been able to...


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Vettel bows to Mercedes superiority but retains race hope

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Sebastian Vettel has conceded he didn't expect to see such a wide margin between Mercedes and Ferrari at the end of qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix but still retains confidence it has a more comparable race package.

The German came into qualifying on the back foot after an engine problem in FP3 necessitated a full power unit change between the sessions, the second time Ferrari has been forced to do so after a similar issue in Spain.

Nevertheless, Ferrari had no answer to Mercedes when it came to single lap performance, with both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas dominating all three sessions to leave both Kimi Raikkonen in third and Vettel in fourth more than a second adrift of pole.

With Vettel refusing to blame the interference of the engine problem, though he was surprised to see such a differential in...


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Alonso pins hopes on Azerbaijan chaos to crack top ten

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Fernando Alonso has dismissed the notion of getting McLaren-Honda's first points on the board in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from last position unless the tricky street circuit creates havoc ahead for his rivals.

The Spaniard was already resigned to starting on the back row of the grid after various component changes since the Canadian Grand Prix landed him with 40 positions worth of grid penalties, while his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne has accumulated 35 of his own in their 'battle' to not be 20th.

Qualifying itself marked the first time this season Alonso has not made it through to Q2 in 16th though the Spaniard attributed that to just using a single set of new tyres.

With Alonso expecting his MCL32 to struggle to keep up with the competition, he is hoping the numerous incidents that have peppered free practice for his rivals...


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Disappointed Bottas suspects red flag cost him pole

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Valtteri Bottas couldn't hide his disappointment after missing out on pole position to for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to Lewis Hamilton having been quicker than his Mercedes team-mate for much of the weekend.

With the Finn seemingly getting a better grasp of the hard tyres than Hamilton during free practice – where it took two build up laps before the flying attempt -, he was a quiet favourite to secure his second pole position of the year.

However, when the fight for pole position with Hamilton came down to a single lap effort at the end of qualifying following a late red flag period, Bottas struggled to get the necessary heat into the tyres to get the most from his lap.

“I think Lewis had a really good lap and I didn't. I wasn't quite comfortable with the tyre temperatures. It was the first time we tried to go for a time in...


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Frustrated Verstappen blames tech niggles for Q3 dip

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Max Verstappen has pointed the finger of blame at his unreliable Red Bull Racing RB13 after being unable to replicate his eye-catching free practice performances in qualifying.

The Dutchman stopped on track in FP3 after suffering hydraulics issues, a problem that would arise once more in qualifying, forcing Red Bull to turn his Renault engine down to preserve it.

Losing Verstappen performance in a straight line, he says it was enough to neuter pace he feels would have been strong enough to get him ahead of the Ferraris.

“In Q2, I had the issue going to the limiter, a bit similar what we had in the last practice so we had to wind the engine down which cost me quite a bit of lap time which was a shame. The car in general was always improving, I think the main target was for to get the front tyres to work in the first sector....


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Stroll returns to top ten in Baku, out-qualifies Massa

Lance Stroll says returning to a set-up Williams ran in China and Bahrain can be attributed to the best qualifying performance of his rookie F1 season

Stroll managed to break into Q3 for the first time in his second race at the Chinese GP, although failed to make an impression in the following races as he struggled to adapt to the new generation Formula 1 cars.

The teenager began the weekend strongly coming off claiming his maiden points at the Canadian Grand Prix, setting the sixth fastest time in FP2 and went on to out-qualify team-mate Felipe Massa for the first time in eighth.

“This weekend for sure I've felt really on it with laps, knowing when is the right time to push or not,” Stroll said.

“The track suits our car with the long straights and we managed to come back to the set-up we were running away from earlier in the year. I think that was a positive change we made, it...


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FP1 - Red Bull one-two in Baku as Perez hits the wall - Formula 1

Verstappen finished half a second up on the third-placed Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, who unlike the Red Bulls did not set his best time on Pirelli’s quickest, super soft tyres. Perez, unhurt in his late off, took fourth place ahead of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Esteban Ocon was seventh in the sister Force India, with the Williams of Felipe Massa, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat completing the top ten. Like Ocon, fellow Baku newcomers Lance Stroll and Stoffel Vandoorne had strong first outings, Stroll taking 11th for Williams and Vandoorne 15th for McLaren, two spots up on team mate Fernando Alonso.

The Haas cars set the initial pace, followed by Massa in the Williams, all running the soft tyre, before Vettel took over on similar rubber, with 1m 48.108s. Only Red Bull and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson used the medium at this stage, and the...


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Formula 1 2018 season schedule announced - NEWS.com.au

F1: Robert Kubica says he is now targeting a full comeback to Formula 1 after spending the last six years sidelined following a rally crash.

A triple-header is coming to Formula 1.

A 21-race calendar for the 2018 F1 season has been revealed, with the sport’s first triple header the standout change.

As previously announced, the F1 schedule reverts to a joint-record 21 races next year with France and Germany returning while Malaysia drops out.

The dates and order of the events have now been confirmed, with the return of France at Paul Ricard on June 24 the first of what is scheduled to be three grands prix in as many weekends — an F1 first.

After the French GP on the final weekend of June, the sport will head straight to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian GP on July 1 before then going to Silverstone for the British GP on July 8.

In total, between June 24 and July...


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Azerbaijan Grand Prix - ESPN.co.uk

LiveAzerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit, Baku June 23-25, 2017

Weather
Sunny

Free practice 1  June 23 - 13:00 local | 09:00 GMT | 10:00 BST
Free practice 2  June 23 - 17:00 local | 13:00 GMT | 14:00 BST
Free practice 3  June 24 - 14:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 11:00 BST

Qualifying  June 24 - 17:00 local | 13:00 GMT | 14:00 BST
Race  June 25 - 17:00 local | 13:00 GMT | 14:00 BST


Session start time 14:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 11:00 BST
Session start time 17:00 local | 13:00 GMT | 14:00 BST
Azerbaijan circuit
  • Circuit Length
    6.006 km
  • Circuit Turns
    19
  • Circuit Direction
    anti-clockwise
  • Established
    2016

Profile  Oil-rich Azerbaijan secured its place on the Formula One calendar in 2016 as one of a record-breaking 21 races in the season. Held on the streets of capital city Baku, the six kilometre track was designed by F1's resident architect Hermann Tilke and includes long straights, right...


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Formula 1 owners reschedule US Grand Prix to accommodate Justin Timberlake concert - The Independent

Formula One's new owners have taken the unprecedented step of changing the sport's schedule to accommodate a Justin Timberlake concert at October's United States Grand Prix.

Pop star Timberlake is due to perform at the Circuit of the Americas on the evening of Saturday, October 21, and following a request by promoters of the Texas race, qualifying on that day will be moved back by two hours.

The circuit organisers hope the move will encourage fans to stay and watch the concert which now follows the conclusion of qualifying.

It means the one-hour session, that determines the grid for a race which could prove pivotal in Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fourth world title, will now take place at 4pm local time.

Formula One fans in the UK will be forced to wait until 9pm BST to watch the action unfold, rather than the original 7pm start.

Liberty Media, the American conglomerate which...


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