Bottas fastest in Azerbaijan Grand Prix FP1


Mercedes-powered cars at the front in first Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix Practice with Bottas first, Hamilton fourth

Valtteri Bottas was quickest in the first practice session of the Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, with Lewis Hamilton fourth.

Ricciardo’s Red Bull counterpart Max Verstappen spun out at Turn 6, ending his session early from a provisional second place, and bringing out a virtual safety car with just over 40 minutes remaining.

Sergio Pérez took third late in the session with a time of 1min 45.075sec, leaving Hamilton just over a tenth of a second behind, and eight tenths off the overall pace. Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon finished fifth ahead of Verstappen.

Mercedes set the early pace, though Ricciardo briefly led halfway through the session before Verstappen’s spin. Bottas later hit back to set the fastest time of 1min 44.242sec with around 20 minutes remaining.

Fernando Alonso, who was 17th in FP1 last year, finished seventh in the session ahead of Williams rookie Sergey Sirotkin. Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly finished ninth, just faster than Sebastian Vettel who rounded out the top 10.

Ferrari struggled throughout the session on a green surface with Kimi Räikkönen 15th. He stopped late in the session with an unidentified issue.

The other Ferrari-powered cars didn’t fare much better, with Haas pair Romain Grosjean in 14th and Kevin Magnussen 18th.

Sauber’s Charles Leclerc finished 16th, a place ahead of team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

Stoffel Vandoorne and Carlos Sainz Jr rounded out the standings.

Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix FP1 results

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1min 44.242sec  
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1min 44.277sec +0.035sec
3 Sergio Pérez Force India 1min 45.075sec +0.833sec
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1min 45.200sec +0.958sec
5 Esteban Ocon Force India 1min 45.237sec +0.995sec
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1min 45.559sec +1.317sec
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1min 46.465sec +2.223sec
8 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1min 46.480sec +2.238sec
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1min 46.492sec +2.250sec
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1min 46.513sec +2.271sec
11 Lance Stroll Williams 1min 46.590sec +2.348sec
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1min 46.747sec +2.505sec
13 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1min 46.749sec +2.507sec
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1min 46.856sec +2.614sec
15 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1min 46.861sec +2.619sec
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1min 46.875sec +2.633sec
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1min 47.073sec +2.831sec
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1min 47.434sec +3.192sec
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1min 47.967secsec +3.725sec
20 Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1min 48.741sec +4.499sec


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