Mercedes continued their winning streak as Valtteri Bottas won in a lights to flag victory today around the streets of Baku. It was another 1,2 for the team too, as Lewis Hamilton finished second behind his teammate.
Sebastian Vettel rounded up the podium finishing in third place, but it was slightly disappointing for Ferrari, after topping all three practices and LeClerc hitting the wall in qualifying, they didn’t have an answer for the pace of the silver arrows.
Max Vestappen maintained his record of finishing in the top four in every race this season, he will be slightly frustrated with not finishing on the podium, as he seemed to have the pace.
Charles LeClerc recovered well from his qualifying shunt yesterday to finish fifth, it was another “if only” race for the Monegasque; he set a blistering pace in all three practice sessions only to crash yesterday, start 10th the make his way through the field, setting a late lap record in the process.
Force Indias’ Sergio Perez kept up his consistent record in Baku, finishing sixth, the first time that he hasn’t finished On the podium here, but it was as good points haul for the team, his teammate Lance Stroll finished ninth. Alfa Romaos’ Kimi Raikkonen made the most of being disqualified from qualifying and starting in the pit lane to round up the top ten.
Daniel Ricciardo recorded another DNF with new team Renault, he ran wide at turn three compensating the Toro Rosso of Danill Kvyat then backed into him trying to turn around forcing gather both to retire. Romain Grosjean was another retiree, Hass reported an underlying issue which topped off yet another frustrating weekend for the Frenchman, his teammate Kevin Magnussen finished in 13th.
Williams will be glad to see the back of Azerbaijan, it started badly when Russell hit a loose drain cover on Friday, followed by Kubica crashing in qualifying, both drivers finished the race but two laps down, with Kubica serving a drive through penalty for heading out to his pit lane start too early.
Barcelona is next in two weeks, will Mercedes be able to carry on their winning form or will Ferrari be able to put an awful start to their 2019 campaign behind them and catch up with the silver arrows?
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