Charles Leclerc conquers pole to Baku, a master stroke on a circuit on paper not favorable for Ferrari. the second start at the pole in a row for Charles but this time he didn’t crash like in Monte Carlo. And victory can really be at stake.
happened instead to comrade Sainz in a daring ending. As in the Principality, a red flag to deliver the first box. Sooner or later to do it even in a normal way, he smiled as soon as he got out of the car.
As usual in Baku we saw the wakes games, on the Azerbaijani circuit in fact the towing effect counts a lot. And the Monegasque made the most of it in the penultimate attempt (1’41 “218) sucking the air right in Hamilton. Charles got behind the Mercedes champion and Verstappen by 2 tenths, the Dutchman clearly had the best car but in the morning he went into the free practice in the last session. Comrade Sergio Perez is seventh. The disappointment of Red Bull was very big, but it has all the keys to recover.
The involuntary assist for Leclerc arrived from the Japanese Tsnuoda: l’AlphaTauri was very strong on this track (Gasly 4 in the second row), but the rookie still immature, the team from Faenza asked him to move to Italy to attend the headquarters and learn quickly alongside the grumpy team principal Franz Tost. And so when he finished wide at turn 3 in the final, Sainz was also behind him – also hunting for trails – in an attempt to avoid him ended up on the escape route damaging the SF21. It was a particular accident – explained Sainz -, I was doing a good lap. I saw him on the wall, I was coming hard and I braked so as not to catch him. Too bad, the second time we don’t exploit the potential. Even here I was fighting for pole, I’m not happy.
Leclerc’s pole is worth far beyond how it will finish on Sunday because it certifies Ferrari’s progress. Baku was very feared for its long straights, the challenge was with McLaren (7) certainly not with the best. But the team and the car are growing rapidly. On the slow corners he gave his best (already seen in Monaco and in the third sector of Barcelona), but also on the straight lines he went very well. The secret in the ability to bring the tires to the right temperature of use.
Ricciardo disaster, the accident sends Vettel out
Excellent as always Russell, the Englishman proves with a poor car that he is ready for a top team. The session ends three minutes early for the bang of Daniel Ricciardo between turns 3 and 4. The Australian, who won in Baku in 2017 with Red Bull, seemed to be recovering after the horrific weekend in Monaco, but when he tries the limit he just can’t tame McLaren. With the red flag they remain out of the top 10 Vettel, Ocon, e Raikkonen. Besides Russell and Ricciardo, of course. Seb takes it badly: the German is driving with great precision on a track where in 2018 he obtained pole with Ferrari.
Schumacher beats Mazepin, Alonso is saved
In the first session after the breaks for incidents of Stroll and Giovinazzi, the Haas come out. Mazepin behind Schumacher, out also the Williams of Latifi. Fernando Alonso is saved briefly from elimination with the 15th time. The Spaniard is struggling a lot with the Alpine, he admitted having to take measures in F1 after two years of absence. But an uncompetitive single-seater also pays off, as the French team has put all its resources into the 2022 project.
Turn 15 strikes again: Stroll and Giovinazzi hit the wall
Turn 15 is confirmed as deadly: in Friday free practice it had crashed (with minimal damage) Charles Leclerc. On Saturday morning it was a Max Verstappen with heavier results. Furthermore, a few seconds after the start of qualifying, always at the same point, Lance Stroll he lost the car in braking and ended up against the barriers destroying the front of the Aston Martin. But it does not end there: because they have just left Antonio Giovinazzi fends on the wall, smashing the Alfa. A mistake very similar to that of the Canadian. The gusts of wind blowing over the Azerbaijani capital may have displaced the pilots.
June 5, 2021 (change June 5, 2021 | 15:50)
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