Azerbaijan GP, ​​Leclerc and Ferrari on pole! Beaten Hamilton and Verstappen

Azerbaijan GP, ​​Leclerc and Ferrari on pole! Beaten Hamilton and Verstappen
Azerbaijan GP, ​​Leclerc and Ferrari on pole! Beaten Hamilton and Verstappen

The Monegasque makes a great lap and with the wake of the Mercedes hits the second pole in a row after Monte Carlo. Gasly fourth, Sainz fifth (with accident in the final)

Giusto Ferronato

June 5th
–Baku (Azerbaigian)

A great lap and a trail of Mercedes exploited in full straight: this is the perfect mix with which Charles Leclerc took the pole position of the Azerbaijani GP, repeating that of Monte Carlo two weeks ago. But this time he didn’t crash in the final and therefore tomorrow the Monegasque will start in front of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen enjoying the feat to the full, without fears related to the reliability of his SF21.

Pole was sanctioned by Yuki Tsunoda’s accident in turn 3 in the last minute of the session, followed by the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz who at the same point ended up on the escape route to avoid the Japanese. The Spaniard will start fifth behind Pierre Gasly.

Leclerc redemption

So Leclerc immediately redeemed himself after the accident in Monte Carlo and tomorrow he will have a good opportunity to give important points to the Cavallino. He will have to beware of a Hamilton who never gives up, despite an imperfect Mercedes, and of Verstappen himself, who, like in Monte Carlo, was unable to make one last quick attempt with his Red Bull. Sixth Norris, seventh Perez, then Tsunoda, Alonso and Bottas.

Q2 on the wire, then Ricciardo slams

In Q2 a fantastic duel on the edge of thousandths. The Red Bulls of Verstappen and Perez took the lead ahead of Hamilton and finished in just 9 thousandths. Tsunoda and Leclerc are also very close. The session, however, ended with a minute and 30 in advance due to an accident by Daniel Ricciardo in turn 3: red flag to remove McLaren and session ended due to the inability to launch before the checkered flag. Thus eliminated Vettel, Ocon, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Russell.

Q1, turn 15 fatal to Stroll and Giovinazzi

Q1 was blocked after a few minutes due to an accident by Lance Stroll who also paid a heavy duty at turn 15, in this very “cursed” weekend: the Canadian went long in the left braking and hit the barriers destroying the suspension front right, for him the qualifications ended and a very bitter elimination. At the resumption the same problem for Antonio Giovinazzi with Alfa Romeo. The Apulian went long under braking and before he could remedy it, his Alfa was already aimed against the barriers: also for him the right front was destroyed and the car on the tow truck.

Land investigated

Double red flag and investigation for Lando Norris on the second: after qualifying we will know if the Englishman has committed a guilty offense. The double interruption certainly annoyed the riders, whose rhythm was broken. In the end, Hamilton set the best time of the stage ahead of the Red Bulls of Verstappen and Perez. Eliminated Latifi (Williams), Schumacher (Haas), Mazepin (Haas), Stroll and Giovinazzi.

The timing of qualifying

Qualifying times in Baku:

1. Leclerc (Ferrari) 1’41 ”218
2. Hamilton (Mercedes) 1’41”450
3. Verstappen (Red Bull) 1’41”563
4. Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1’41”565
5. Sainz (Ferrari) 1’41 ”576
6. Norris (McLaren) 1’41”747
7. Perez (Red Bull) 1’41 ”917
8. Tsoda (AlphaTauri) 1’42 ”211
9. Alonso (Alpine) 1’42 ”327
10. Bottas (Mercedes) 1’42 ”659
11. Vettel (Aston Martin) 1’42”224
12. Ocon (Alpine) 1’42”273
13. Ricciardo (McLaren) 1’42 ”558
14. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1’42 ”587
15. Russell (Williams) 1’42”758
16. Latifi (Williams) 1’43”128
17. Schumacher (Haas) 1’43 ”158
18. Mazepin (Haas) 1’44 ”238
19. Stroll (Aston Martin)
20. Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)

The times of free practice 3

1. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1’42″251
2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 1’42 “595
3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1’42″697
4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 1’42 “778
5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 1’43 “006
6. Lando Norris (McLaren) 1’43 “011
7. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 1’43″080
8. Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) 1’43 “244
9. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) 1’43″294
10. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 1’43 “557
11. Vettel (Aston Martin) 1’43″585
12. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 1’43″682
13. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1’43 “745
14. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1’43 “826
15. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 1’43″984
16. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 1’44″054
17. Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 1’44 “113
18. George Russell (Williams) 1’44″434
19. Schumacher (Haas) 1’45 “282
20. Nikita Mazepin (Haas) 1’45″711

The times of free practice 2

These are the times of FP2 in Baku

1. Perez (Red Bull) 1’42 ”115
2. Verstappen (Red Bull) 1’42”216
3. Sainz (Ferrari) 1’42 ”243
4. Leclerc (Ferrari) 1’42 ”346
5. Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1’42”534
6. Alonso (Alpine) 1’42 ”693
7. Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 1’42 ”941
8. Norris (McLaren) 1’43”018
9. Ocon (Alpine) 1’43”020
10. Tsoda (AlphaTauri) 1’43 ”130
11. Hamilton (Mercedes) 1’43”156
12. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1’43 “220
13. Ricciardo (McLaren) 1’43 ”298
14. Stroll (Aston Martin) 1’43”812
15. Vettel (Aston Martin) 1’43”881
16. Bottas (Mercedes) 1’44 ”184
17. Russell (Williams) 1’44”557
18. Mazepin (Haas) 1’45 ”563
19. Schumacher (Haas) 1’46 ”095
20. Latifi (Williams) 1’46”983

The times of free practice 1

The times of FP1 in Baku:

1. Verstappen (Red Bull) 1’43”184
2. Leclerc (Ferrari) 1’43 ”227
3. Sainz (Ferrari) 1’43 ”521
4. Perez (Red Bull) 1’43 ”630
5. Ricciardo (McLaren) 1’43 ”732
6. Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1’43”757
7. Hamilton (Mercedes) 1’43”893
8. Norris (McLaren) 1’43”996
9. Alonso (Alpine) 1’44 ”777
10. Bottas (Mercedes) 1’44 ”891
11. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) 1’44 ”943
12. Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 1’45 ”092
13. Stroll (Aston Martin) 1’45”234
14. Tsoda (AlphaTauri) 1’45 ”384
15. Vettel (Aston Martin) 1’45”415
16. Ocon (Alpine) 1’45”446
17. Russell (Williams) 1’45”452
18. Latifi (Williams) 1’45”774
19. Schumacher (Haas) 1’46 ”899
20. Mazepin (Haas) 1’46 ”945

June 5, 2021 (change June 5, 2021 | 16:07)

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