Haas almost made it into Q2 in Baku by virtue of everyone else crashing and the sheer number of red flags, then leapfrogged Williams in the championship after Schumacher and Mazepin scored 13th and 14th in the race, despite having a demonstrably slower car. Result.
Baku’s Turn 15 proved a real sticky wicket. Four drivers drove straight into it, and the cruel corner was backed up by its trusty deputy, Turn 3, which ‘Venus fly-trapped’ another trio with its tight escape road. The pair were like the Holmes and Watson of F1 corners, finding out suspect driving and throwing the full force of the physical law at said offenders.
Race director Michael Masi deserves full credit for allowing a two-lap steeple chase to the flag instead of ending the race after Verstappen brought out a late red flag. What resulted was some full entertainment: Hamilton from second to last, Alonso 10th to sixth, Gasly and Leclerc swapping and Norris leaping to fifth.