Leclerc fastest as drain cover disrupts Azerbaijan practice

First Practice For Baku Grand Prix Abandoned After Driver Hits Loose Drain Cover

Mercedes brought Bottas in a lap later to match him and Hamilton on the lap after that. Or in Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel's words: "We have the tools, we just need to put the package together".

Twelve months after being denied victory by a late puncture, Bottas held his nerve under pressure to lead Hamilton home and regain the lead of the championship.

The win was hugely welcome for Bottas and some redemption after he was denied victory at this race past year, when a puncture while leading with three laps to go ended his race.

"It was actually a tough race even though there was not that much happening at the front".

The Ferrari drivers were the only two to set a time in the opening practice.

Ferrari did call Leclerc in for a second stop late on, as he had a buffer to the auto behind big enough to take on fresh tyres and challenge for the point on offer for fastest lap, which he successfully gained on the penultimate attempt.

Williams have had a torrid time in Baku this weekend, with George Russell's vehicle suffering significant damage due to a loose drain on the circuit.

The session robbed the teams of any significant running in FP1, meaning everyone was playing catch-up in FP2, which turned out to be stop-start affair.

11/51 - Up top, the two Mercedes are well clear on their own. "I was uncomfortable, inconsistent, I couldn't get a feel for the vehicle", Vettel said of his early stint on soft tires.

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"That will be how it continues for the rest of the year", he said.

Hamilton made a good start from second on the grid to pull alongside polesitter Bottas on the run down to Turn 1, and the pair ran around the first corners side-by-side.

Hamilton was happy for his team-mate.

Stewards investigated the incident and handed Ricciardo a three-place grid drop for the next race in Spain on May 12, while adding two penalty points to his hitherto clean licence.

Vettel, a four-times Formula One world champion, was 0.198 seconds slower.

"In each of the qualifyings we saw a little bit of a pattern, that everybody waited for us to go out, and this time we thought we've got to try something else, and this is what we did".

"At the time it was looking quite good for us, we were just starting to pick up the pace and obviously closing on Dany".

"I'd just like to be really categoric about it: Williams is not for sale, I have no intention of putting Williams up for sale".

"I think everybody's been there".

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