The Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix is over, and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes has retaken his crown. Hamilton certified in second for the race and completed in first, forward of Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Sergio Perez of Force India rounding out the rostrum locations.
It was a completely wild ending to the race, and it’s going to take some doing explaining all of it.
Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes had an unimaginable race, taking his first stint lengthy, after which benefiting from a late security automobile to keep up his lead with contemporary tires. With three laps to go and a win nearly assured, Bottas hit some particles on the observe and suffered a puncture, ending his race, and permitting Hamilton to take first.
Bottas was set to scrap with Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who himself had points on the race restart, and earlier than Bottas’ puncture. Vettel locked up arduous and ruined his tires, and fell again a number of locations. Rather than a Bottas vs. Vettel scrap within the remaining two laps, we find yourself with Vettel down in fourth place, and Hamilton getting the win.
Max Verstappen bumped into teammate Daniel Ricciardo early within the race, and he additionally performed it very quick and free together with his overtakes and defenses, as normal. Late within the race, Verstappen managed to get previous Ricciardo throughout pit stops, and when Ricciardo ultimately tried to get the place again, they crashed.
This referred to as for a late security automobile, which allowed Bottas, on 37-plus laps for his supersofts and the chief of the race, to pit and match the ultrasoft tires. Vettel, behind him however anticipated to take the lead, was all of a sudden scrapping with Bottas for the ultimate few laps. Vettel pit and in addition match the ultrasofts for that showdown.
Hamilton was all the time going to try to scrap with Vettel for the lead close to the tip, however after the entire late security automobile antics, it was all of a sudden about Vettel vs. Bottas. But earlier than the right scrap might get underway with one other six or seven laps to go, Romain Grosjean of the American-owned Haas F1 Team went into the wall whereas making an attempt to get warmth in his tires.
That ended his race, and it prompted the medical automobile to be deployed along with the protection automobile. Grosjean is ok, in accordance with his group, however no matter sensors are within the automobile registered sufficient pressure to immediate the auto-deployment of that medical automobile. This restricted the quantity of racing that was allowed to happen within the remaining laps of the race.
Earlier within the race, on the primary lap, Esteban Ocon of Force India and Sergey Sirotkin of Williams each crashed out and had been the primary drivers to retire. Nico Hulkenberg of Renault was subsequent fairly a bit later, then the Red Bulls after which Grosjean.
Grosjean was probably his first factors of the season. Stroll, who was eighth after the protection automobile fracas, managed to complete within the factors for the primary time this season.
Here is the total ending order for the race, and beneath you could see our play-by-play from the reside weblog:
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Finishing Order
|three||Sergio Pérez||Force India|
|5||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Renault|
|10||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso|
|12||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso|
|16||Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|17||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull|
|19||Esteban Ocon||Force India|
Lap 51/51 FINAL
Alonso additionally obtained previous Stroll, who’s looking for Williams’ first factors of the season. And WOW Bottas has a puncture! He has a puncture on Lap 49!
He did nothing unsuitable! He hit some particles on the observe. Instant puncture. Oh that is tragic for Bottas. Hamilton takes the race lead, forward of Raikkonen. Perez manages to overhaul Vettel, whose tires took a beating on that lockup. What a wild, wild factor this has been. Perez took Vettel simply over the straight, simply as Bottas was falling again from his puncture.
Stroll will get again previous Alonso for seventh … and Alonso will get again previous Stroll for seventh himself proper after that. Sainz passes Leclerc for fifth. Hamilton crosses the road for the win. Raikkonen behind, then Perez. Alonso finishes forward of Stroll, however the Williams driver picks up his first factors of the season.
Hamilton comes over the group radio and says the race ought to have been stopped fully, as automobiles might crash into the again nook of the trailer that was on the observe to take away the Haas.
Bottas catches Vettel napping barely on the restart, and it’s an excellent transfer! It provides Hamilton a slipstream. Vettel panics, locks up HUGE on the following flip, and goes broad, permitting Hamilton AND Raikkonen previous! Vettel fell to fourth within the change! Hamilton is in second, and Raikkonen in third, on Lap 48.
So behind Hamilton is Raikkonen, then Perez, Grosjean, Sainz, Leclerc, Stroll and Alonso for the factors spots. Alonso comes over group radio and says he desires the race to get again going. Oh, and scratch that, Grosjean is OUT of the race, he’s into the wall behind the protection automobile. Grosjean simply loses the rear of his automobile and goes into the wall, and it’s unclear what occurred. Wow. The security automobile stays on the market. Magnussen strikes into 10th and the factors.
And … as soon as once more, the Red Bulls have crashed. Ricciardo rams arduous into the again of Verstappen’s automobile. Ricciardo was making an attempt to make a transfer on Verstappen, however Verstappen appeared to have made a double transfer to try to block him off. Ricciardo was dedicated to the transfer, and he plowed into the again of Verstappen.
And we get a security automobile! Bottas manages to make it into the pits simply in time. He’s going to return out within the lead of this race. Vettel additionally pits, and matches the ultrasofts, hopefully for one final scrap. This has labored out BEAUTIFULLY for Bottas.
Thirty-three laps into this race on the supersoft tires and Bottas … units the quickest lap of the race. Because in fact.
Valtteri nonetheless hammering away on the market within the lead! A mighty 33 lap stint on these TremendousSofts
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) April 29, 2018
Ricciardo then units the quickest lap himself, and whereas doing so overtakes Verstappen cleanly for fourth place! Hamilton, on Lap 37, is about 4 seconds again of Vettel. Ricciardo pits on Lap 38, and he manages to return out forward of Raikkonen, and has the ultrasoft tires on.
Not positive what occurred, however Hamilton is now 7.four seconds again of Vettel about two laps later. Bottas units one other quickest lap of the race on his previous supersofts. Verstappen comes into the pits on Lap 39, and will get the ultrasofts. He rejoins the observe … forward of Ricciardo! Wow! How did that occur?
Perez will get a five-second penalty for overtaking earlier than the protection automobile line. Vettel’s group radio tells him that they’ve an “eight second margin to Hamilton,” and are staying out. Bottas, in second, is 10 seconds again of the race chief as of Lap 26.
Verstappen, as soon as once more, tries an aggressive overtake on Ricciardo, and he will get it. Ricciardo needed to transfer apart as a result of Verstappen would have crashed into him. They did earlier within the race. Leclerc passes Alonso for ninth.
Vettel pits on Lap 30, from the lead, and matches the softs. He rejoins the observe 11 seconds again of Bottas, who wants a pit. Verstappen units the quickest lap of the race. Raikkonen, in sixth, is 16 seconds again of the Red Bulls. They want to increase their hole previous him to cowl a future pit cease.
The automated detection for the primary DRS zone will not be working, however drivers are in a position to manually activate it — with the assistance of group radio. Sainz rejoins the pack in 12th place. Hamilton, on Lap 19, is four.1 seconds again of Vettel, although he did simply set a quickest lap.
Ericsson is given a 10-second time penalty for inflicting a collision. Hamilton units … one other quickest lap on Lap 21. Perez makes a simple transfer on Stroll, who locks up. Oh and Hamilton locks up unhealthy on Turn 1 and loses a pair seconds on Vettel.
“Something’s happened. I don’t know what, man,” Hamilton says on the radio. Hamilton is given instruction to pit in. He pits, and rejoins the race in third, 5 seconds behind his teammate. Vettel stays out, not responding to Hamilton’s pit-in. Sainz makes a move on Alonso, and will get it completed simply. Verstappen is simply behind Hamilton.
It appears like Ricciardo can be having battery points. Grosjean is operating in 10th, up a number of spots from the beginning of the race. Vettel units the quickest lap on Lap 13. Raikkonen makes a simple move on Stroll and is operating in eighth, behind Leclerc. The high three — Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas — are a full 20 seconds forward of Sainz behind them. Sainz pits on Lap 16, and Verstappen is now in fourth. There’s a department on the observe, however the stewards get it eliminated. Raikkonen now will get previous Leclerc
Sainz continues to scrap with Verstappen — he’s making an attempt arduous to get the overtake. Sainz is on the ultrasoft tire, so there’s that. Hulkenbgerg makes a simple move on Gasly and is now behind Ricciardo. Verstappen complains over the group radio that he’s not getting sufficient from the battery. In the ultimate flip of Lap eight, Sainz will get previous Verstappen! Ricciardo practically goes into the again of Verstappen, and Hulkenberg dives down on Ricciardo. Hulkenberg’s group comes over the radio and tells him that Verstappen has low battery. In different phrases: go get him.
Hulkenberg suffered a lockup, misplaced the rear of his automobile and hit the wall, struggling a puncture and having to cease! His day is completed! Wow.
Meanwhile, Hamilton simply set the quickest lap on Lap 11, and is now 2.2 seconds again of Vettel, after being down by as a lot as three.2 seconds. And Ricciardo is now making strikes on Verstappen, his teammate.
Hamilton is riiiiight on Vettel as they put together to restart on Lap 5. They restart and Vettel will get away. Verstappen tries a move on Ricciardo, however he doesn’t get it. Around the following flip, Verstappen will get Ricciardo — however he’s pushed him apart, and Sainz truly makes a transfer and passes Ricciardo proper afterward for fifth place. Ricciardo now has Pierre Gasly behind him.
Verstappen has to go down an escape highway briefly, and Sainz manages to move him as effectively! But Verstappen under-brakes and manages to get the place again from Sainz. Vettel, in the meantime, is three seconds up on Hamilton by Lap 7.
Raikkonen pits to get a brand new entrance wing. Alonso additionally will get a brand new entrance wing and had a DOUBLE puncture on his automobile’s proper facet. We see a replay of Alonso’s incident, and it appears like Lance Stroll merely hit him unprompted.
“Box. What a stupid guy. He closed the door when I was alongside,” Alonso might be heard over the radio.
Hulkenberg came to visit too. “I think this is going to take awhile. There’s a lot of s*** on the track.”
Force India is blaming Raikkonen for the incident with Ocon, but it surely positive appeared like Ocon’s mistake. Alonso was hit by a Williams shortly after that Williams tapped the again of Perez’s automobile. So Sirotkin and Ocon
Here we go! Vettel and Hamilton each get away effectively. Around the primary flip, there’s no contact and it appears like most get away cleanly! There is a few content material with a Williams, appears like Sirotkin after which Raikkonen crashes into Ocon! Both automobiles maintain loads of harm! It’s a Lap 1 incident and there’s already a security automobile deployed! Fernando Alonso additionally took a puncture on the opening lap.
Good morning, or no matter time it occurs to be for you! We’ll be getting began with our reside weblog of the race shortly. The most present replace will probably be on the high of this text!
Before the race
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen proved as soon as once more that their Ferrari-powered automobiles are maybe a small step above the reigning champion Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. But a remaining qualifying lap mistake by Raikkonen damage him, and Hamilton will truly begin second on the grid for the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, behind Vettel on pole.
The race is ready to start at eight a.m. ET and will probably be broadcast within the United States by ESPN2. Online streaming of the race may also be discovered by way of WatchESPN, the ESPN App and by way of fuboTV.
F1 have introduced that their over-the-top streaming service, F1 TV Pro, will launch within the U.S. earlier than the Spanish Grand Prix on May 13, so this must be the final race with out it, for these of you who’ve been ready.
Vettel set the quickest time with a 1:41.498 in qualifying, edging out Hamilton, who posted a time of 1:41.677. Raikkonen’s mistake value him roughly a full second, and due to it he’ll be beginning sixth on the grid, behind Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and the Red Bull automobiles of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, in that order.
Ricciardo is coming off an exhilarating win within the Chinese Grand Prix, ending forward of Bottas and Raikkonen on the rostrum. Vettel, the championship chief, completed eighth in that race after taking some harm to his automobile and tires after a collision with Verstappen.
Behind Raikkonen, rounding out the highest 10, are the Force India automobiles of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, the Renault of Carlos Sainz, Jr. and the Williams of Lance Stroll.
Below is all you have to know to observe and stream the race on Sunday, in addition to the total lineup and beginning grid.
How to observe the 2018 F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Date: Sunday, April 29
Location: Baku City Circuit, Baku
Time: eight a.m. ET
2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Starting Grid
|four||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:41.911|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:41.994|
|7||Esteban Ocon||Force India||1:42.523|
|eight||Sergio Pérez||Force India||1:42.547|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Renault||1:43.351|
|17||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||1:44.496|
|19||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||1:57.354|
|20||Romain Grosjean||Haas||No time|