F1 practice in Azerbaijan disrupted by loose drain cover

F1 practice in Azerbaijan disrupted by loose drain cover

F1 practice in Azerbaijan disrupted by loose drain cover

The defending five-time world champion made a dazzling start from second on the grid to draw level with Bottas, but said he "basically, gave it to him" as the pair duelled for the lead on the first lap. Or in Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel's words: "We have the tools, we just need to put the package together".

Bottas was on course for victory in Baku previous year when a blown tyre three laps from the end handed it to Hamilton instead.

Claire Williams, the deputy team principal of the Williams race team, said it was "not acceptable" that a drain cover on the Baku City Circuit caused serious damaged to Russell's vehicle.

Vettel, second to Hamilton in the championship in 2017 and 2018, was third as Ferrari failed to challenge Mercedes on a track that had been widely considered to favour the Italian team. "It's definitely a track where a lot of things happen and we've seen that unfortunately with me in qualifying".

Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi set the eighth-fastest time but the Italian will drop 10 places after being hit with an engine-related grid penalty.

Both Bottas and Hamilton were pipped to the fastest lap by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who pitted for that exact objective, but the Mercedes drivers continue their dominance at the top of the standings. At one point he was perfectly poised for any Safety Car deployment, as he could have effectively had a free pit stop and the chance to switch on to the hard tyre to go to the end of the race. He missed the second session. Ironically, Leclerc's crash had extended the session to allow for barrier repairs and saw Q3 start at 18:45 local time.

Bottas started from pole position and kept Hamilton at bay as the Mercedes duo went wheel-to-wheel through the opening three bends.

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"Ferrari are shell-shocked. I don't think they can quite believe what has happened", he said.

"That will be how it continues for the rest of the year", he said.

There have now been four races in the 2019 Formula One season and there has yet to be a driver in non-Mercedes colours on the top two steps of the podium.

Hamilton was happy for his team-mate. "I was just going down the straight on my normal line", Russell told Sky Sports.

"Valtteri's really, clearly stepped up this year and is really happy in the auto and really delivering and driving fantastically, so it's going to take some really great performances from both of us to out-perform each other".

"I think it was a double whammy", Wolff added.

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