Perez heads Red Bull one-two ahead of Ferrari’s duo


By Balazs Szabo on

Pink Bull and Ferrari continued to set the tempo within the second observe session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Sergio Perez popping out on high, edging his crew mate Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s quick duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

Nearly all of the sector headed out on to the Baku road circuit geared up with the yellow-banded medium compound. Ferrari’s duo of Leclerc and Sainz have been fast straight out of the field, dictating the tempo within the early levels of the session.

The session was punctuated by Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, who introduced out a purple flag after 13 minutes with a lack of energy. The session was rapidly restarted although with drivers speeding again on to the observe on the comfortable compounds.

Ferrari as soon as once more was fast ont he red-banded rubber, however Pink Bull might get the higher hand with Sergio Perez seting a 1m42.115 on his second flying lap. The Mexican’s benchmark was simply sufficient to beat his crew mate by only a tenth of a second, adopted by Sainz and Leclerc.

Reflecting on his afternoon, Verstappen hinted that Pink Bull might need extra to extract from its RB16 because the crew’s setup selection for the second observe was the incorrect one. „Efficiency clever I believe we had an amazing begin to the weekend right here in Baku. It was fairly windy on the market immediately which wasn’t simple for any of us, but it surely positively makes issues extra fascinating.

“In FP1 the automobile felt fairly respectable, I used to be fairly snug after which for FP2 we made a couple of adjustments to see if it was higher however I don’t assume it was, so we’ll look into that in a single day and see what course we are going to go for qualifying,” he stated.

For Ferrari, it was a removed from best session although. Regardless of taking part in down the expectation forward of the race weekend, the SF21 appears to have an honest pace although the difficult streets of the Baku circuit, but it surely appears to place too excessive hundreds via the tyres which led to extreme tyre put on on the lengthy runs.

Moreover, thirty-minutes in, Leclerc locked-up closely and crashed into the Flip 15 obstacles, however recovered to the pits for a brand new nostril and was capable of stick with it to finish up fourth. When the sector all bolted on softs, Sainz dropped to 3rd.

The reigning champions endured a hard afternoon with Lewis Hamilton unable to do higher than eleventh total whereas his crew mate Valtteri Bottas ending up down sixteenth with a late spin at Flip 1.

The Briton, who at the moment sits in second place within the Drivers’ Championship, was left sounding demoralised after his first soft-tyred runs, telling his race engineer: “Do no matter we have to do, I am not going to go any sooner. I do not know the place on a regular basis is”.

Alfa Romeo accomplished a profitable opening day at Baku. The stopwatch additionally supplied validation to the crew’s work, with Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi being in eleventh and twelfth respectively after the opening session and the Italian leaping to a reputable P7 within the timesheets within the afternoon, his team-mate in P12.

“It was a great way to start out the weekend, the automobile felt okay from the morning session however after all there’s nonetheless rather a lot that may be improved. In the long run, there have been a couple of interruptions with the yellow and purple flags, which broke up the day a little bit, but it surely’s the identical for everybody and we have now to take care of it,” stated the 2007 champion.

Haas’ drivers ended up down the order as soon as once more with Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher ending up in a distant in P18 and P19 respectively. The Swiss-born German encountered a drop in oil strain, then a battery situation, earlier than ending half a second behind Mazepin.


Pos. No. Driver Automobile Time Hole Laps
1 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:42.115 22
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:42.216 +0.101s 23
3 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:42.243 +0.128s 24
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:42.436 +0.321s 22
5 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:42.534 +0.419s 26
6 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:42.693 +0.578s 24
7 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:42.941 +0.826s 25
8 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:43.018 +0.903s 24
9 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:43.020 +0.905s 23
10 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:43.130 +1.015s 25
11 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:43.156 +1.041s 24
12 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:43.220 +1.105s 23
13 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:43.298 +1.183s 23
14 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:43.812 +1.697s 21
15 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:43.881 +1.766s 22
16 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:44.184 +2.069s 23
17 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:44.557 +2.442s 24
18 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:45.563 +3.448s 23
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:46.095 +3.980s 12
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:46.983 +4.868s 5



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