Formula 1 made its way to Azerbaijan for the inaugural Baku Grand Prix this weekend, a race which many anticipated would be full of carnage due to the tight nature of the circuit yet not one safety car was deployed.
The Grand Prix winner who led every lap of the race in what was a perfect and clean performance. Rosberg extended his lead in the championship as well as being the first F1 driver to win in Baku.
The Mexican Force India driver picked up his fourth podium with the team and the second podium this season in the last three races. It was a very impressive drive which clearly puts the Mexican driver on other team’s radar. It was a fantastic result after a crash in FP3 which was caused a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change after qualifying second.
No seagulls, torpedoes or ping pong; this time it was a plastic bag getting stuck in front of his car. Nonetheless, Vettel was able to hold onto second after starting out of the top three.
He may not be an obvious choice but Valtteri’s fighting spirit made sure that Williams got at least some points around Baku. This is important for their constructor’s fight in which Force India are closing in.
Felipe brought home 12th position for Sauber, important for the constructor’s battle with Manor racing. This is the best position finish for the team this season equalling Nasr’s P12 finishes in Bahrain and Canada.
The reigning champion started outside the top five and had power issues which forced him to find the problem and fix it himself. The teams are not permitted to help the drivers in this regard but Hamilton was able to later fix it but missed out on a podium after winning the previous two races.
The Red Bulls did not have a great race after lacking in power on the straights against the Mercedes and Ferraris and also struggling to warm their soft compound tyres. This was a shame after a great qualifying for them and strong form in previous races.
It was an unlucky weekend again for the young Russian driver after having a strong qualifying and then retiring in the race. His teammate Carlos Sainz also retired due to mechanical issues.
Kimi could have finished on the podium had he not crossed the white line at the pit entry which earned the Finn a five-second time penalty and later was passed by the Force India of Perez.
The German rookie was on track to have what could have been his best finish of the entire season, but when Wehrlein failed to make the heavy-braking Turn One corner his record streak of finishing every race came to an end after his brakes failed.
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