Leclerc did not expect it
Charles Leclerc in his pole position on Canal +: “I didn’t expect this, we thought the Red Bulls would be stronger. I’m very excited for tomorrow. Tires will be the key. It will be interesting to see if he can handle us well.”
Sergio Pérez on Canal +: “In Q3, we give it our all here. I hit the wall in some places. We had a small problem with the engine. Charles did a very good lap. The race will be long tomorrow.”
Pole for Leclerc
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) took pole position at the Azerbaijani Grand Prix. The Monegasque is ahead of the Red Bulls of Sergio Pérez and Max Verstappen. He signed the 15th pole of his career, the 6th of the season. Pierre Gasly will take 6th place on the starting grid on Sunday in Baku.
Q3: It’s time for money!
There are 2’30 left in this Q3, who will take the pole?
Q3: Ferraris are back in the pits …
… the Red Bulls too. The end of these grades promises to be exciting.
P3: Sainz faster
The Ferraris are in the game with the best provisional times of Sainz and Leclerc. There are still 6 minutes left in this Q3.
Albbon is angry with Alonso
“It’s frustrating, he made sure no one could spend time,” Alexander Albon told Canal + about Fernando Alonso. The Williams driver, eliminated in Q1, blames the Spaniard for preventing him from advancing during the restart, after the red flag.
Let’s go for Q3 and fight for the pole
The ten riders competing in Q3 have 12 minutes to find the best place on the grid and why not pole!
Q2: The removed drivers are …
Bottas (15th), Zhou (14th), Ricciardo (13th), Ocon (12th) and Norris (11th). For a long time in danger in 11th place, Hamilton saved the skin in Q3 on arrival. However, this does not happen for the Frenchman Ocon, only 12th. Best time for Sergio Pérez (Red Bull). 5th time for Gasly.
P2: Ocon in danger
Less than 5 minutes from the end of this Q2, Alpine’s Frenchman only achieved the 12th fastest time.
Q2: Vettel is wrong
Seventh fastest in this Q2, the German made another mistake in a corner. The Aston Martins are definitely not at the Baku party.
Q2: Ferraris in the game
Sainz and Leclerc have the two fastest times so far. There are 9 minutes left for this Q2.
Let’s go to Q2
The 15 qualified pilots have 15 minutes to get to Q3. Who will be the top ten drivers in the pole vault?
Q1: The five eliminated pilots are …
Mick Schumacher (20th), Lance Stroll (19th), Nicholas Latifi (18th), Alexander Albon (17th) and Kevin Magnussen (16th). This is the best time for Max Verstappen. Fifth time for Pierre Gasly, tenth for Esteban Ocon.
Q1: Here we go again
The drivers return to the circuit by the end of this Q1.
Q1: resumption scheduled for 4.40 pm.
The time to evacuate the Aston Martin from Stroll and the drivers will be able to finish this Q1. It’s 2:30 to warm up the clock.
P1: walk collision, red flag
At 2.30am at the end of this Q1, the red flag went out for the accident, the 2nd in a row, of Lance Stroll (Aston Martin). With a break this time.
Q1: Stroll’s big mistake
After Vettel it was the turn of his teammate Lance Stroll to lose a turn and crash into the barrier, fortunately with no consequences for his car.
P1: The five pilots in danger
5 minutes from the end of this Q1, they are currently eliminated: Schumacher, Stroll, Latifi, Bottas and Albon.
Q1: A straight line for Vettel
Currently 11th in this Q1, the German shot straight with his Aston Martin in a bend.
Q1: Verstappen sets the reference time
The Red Bull rider completed a lap in 1’42”938. Verstappen is ahead of teammate Sergio Pérez and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).
Q1: Brake problems for Hamilton
The British driver is already struggling with his Mercedes. Little fright for Norris on turn 6.
Let’s go to Q1
Classification has begun. He came out for 18 minutes in this Q1. The five slowest drivers will be eliminated and will not participate in Q2.
Sergio Pérez in shape during free practice
Mexican Sergio Pérez, winner of the Monaco GP two weeks ago, dominated the free practice 3 of the Azerbaijani GP. The Red Bull driver overtook Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen.
When Horner rethinks Verstappen
Sergio Pérez’s victory in Monaco not only generated positive vibes for Red Bull. Shortly after the race, Jos Verstappen felt that his son Max, who finished third, “had not been helped” by the team’s strategy. “I wish it was different for the championship leader,” said the Dutch world champion’s father, although he noted that “ten points were lost” on the Monte Carlo track. It was in this context that Chief Christian Horner took the floor, during an interview with Bloomberg, in order to publicly remind that the interests of the team prevailed for the time being over those of the pilots.
“It’s not Sergio Pérez Racing or Max Verstappen Racing, it’s Red Bull Racing. They work for the team, they have a responsibility. They drive a car designed by about 800 employees here and produced for them. They are an important link in the chain. “But it is vital that they are aware that the team ‘s ambition is greater than theirs,” he said.
Gasly’s questions about his future
On the sidelines of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly spoke about Sergio Pérez’s contract extension at Red Bull. An agreement that could block the future of the French within the Austrian matrix.
“Of course it affects me,” he told Canal +. For the rest with Red Bull, my contract is pretty clear with them. We know the options. We’ll have to see how we can continue together.
For the eighth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, the paddock has an appointment in Baku this weekend for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Follow the rankings this Saturday from 4:15 p.m.