Formula 1 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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2018-04-29
4
Baku City Circuit
Lewis Hamilton HAM
Sebastian Vettel VET
Valtteri Bottas
lap 37 - 1:45.149
BOT

The 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix was won by Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
Despite being on pole position in Azerbaijan, Sebastian Vettel could not convert this into a win.

The race in Azerbaijan was round 4 of 21 of the 2018 season.

weather conditions

Weather conditions at 29 April 2018 12:10 GMT (raceday).

Windy and Overcast
59.31°F
59%
29.23 mph
346°
 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 51 1:43:44.291 25
2 51 +2.460 18
3 51 +4.024 15
4 51 +5.329 12
5 51 +7.515 10
6 51 +9.158 8
7 51 +10.931 6
8 51 +12.546 4
9 51 +14.152 2
10 51 +18.030 1
11 51 +18.512 0
12 51 +24.720 0
13 51 +40.663 0
48 Puncture 0
42 Accident 0
39 Collision 0
39 Collision 0
10 Accident 0
0 Collision 0
0 Collision 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:41.000
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.000
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.000
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +0.000
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.000
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +1.000
7 Esteban Ocon Force India +1.000
8 Sergio Pérez Force India +1.000
9 Nico Hülkenberg Renault +2.000
10 Carlos Sainz Renault +2.000
11 Lance Stroll Williams +2.000
12 Sergey Sirotkin Williams +2.000
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren +3.000
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber +3.000
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +3.000
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren +3.000
17 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso +3.000
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber +4.000
19 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso +16.000
20 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team

driver positions through the laps

2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is an ongoing motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Drivers and teams are competing in twenty-one Grands Prix for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' championship titles.

Lewis Hamilton is defending his World Drivers' Championship, after winning his fourth championship title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix. His team, Mercedes, are the defending Constructors' Championship, having secured their fourth consecutive title at the 2017 United States Grand Prix. After one round, Sebastian Vettel leads Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship by seven points. Kimi Räikkonen is third, a further three points behind. In the World Constructors' Championship, Ferrari lead Mercedes by eighteen points, with Red Bull Racing third.

A revision of the sport's technical regulations means that a new cockpit protection device—commonly known as the "halo"—was introduced for the 2018 championship. The introduction of the halo in Formula One is the first stage of a planned roll-out that would see the device adopted in all FIA-sanctioned open-wheel racing series by 2020.


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Both drivers were eliminated from the race after Ricciardo crashed into the back of Verstappen following several laps of wheel-to-wheel battling.Horner was keen to stress that he felt both drivers were equally responsible for the collision, and that they need to know where the limits are.The team boss said the scenario had even been discussed right before the race, and insisted it ...

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Bottas suffered a heartbreaking puncture after he hit a piece of debris with three laps to go, having taken the lead from Sebastian Vettel due to making his pitstop under safety car conditions, and then surviving an attack from the Ferrari on the restart.Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said "these things shouldn't be on the track when we have six laps behind the safety car", claiming the ...

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Lance Stroll reached Q3 and qualified his Mercedes-powered Williams FW41 in 10th place, a significant improvement after a problematic start to the season. He made two pit stops, the latter one under the Safety Car, changing to a set of ultra soft tires.At the restart, Fernando Alonso moved ahead of him in his McLaren, but Stroll was promoted back to eighth on the final lap due to ...

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Hamilton took the lead in the closing laps after teammate Valtteri Bottas suffered a right rear puncture.He felt so sorry for the Finn that he headed from parc ferme to the upper level of the Mercedes hospitality building to commiserate with him before returning for the podium ceremony."This is a lottery race, and whether or not you use 'gifted' as the word, I don't know if I would ...

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Sirotkin hit the Force India of Perez from behind under braking into Turn 2 on the opening lap, with the collision leading Perez to make contact with the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.The Mexican would go on to finish the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in third, whereas Sirotkin's race lasted only until the following straight, where he was involved in a three-car collision with Fernando Alonso and ...

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The Red Bull teammates both retired on the spot after Ricciardo ran into the back of Verstappen on the brakes for Turn 1, in a race where they had already had several moments of wheel-to-wheel racing and had already touched wheels once.The FIA reprimanded both drivers for the clash, and while Lauda accepted Ricciardo was partly at fault, he felt Verstappen was more responsible for the ...

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Lewis HamiltonRating: 8Rating Hamilton is a tricky one - as he said himself, his performance was below his usual exceptional standards, with a couple of off-track moments in the race, one of which forced him to curtail his first stint. It's a sign of his quality that even when underperforming he could still win, albeit with some luck, and he did outpace Bottas in qualifying. ...

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The duo made contact near the end of the race after Magnussen moved to the left and hit the Toro Rosso driver as they fought for position at the very fast Turn 20 that leads into the main straight.The FIA deemed Magnussen's move "unpredictable and unnecessary" and handed him a 10-second penalty and two penalty points.It put Magnussen on eight penalty points, four away from the 12 ...

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When you watch one of your rivals lock up and slide off the track on one lap, and the other drop out with a right-rear blowout a lap later, you know fortune is on your side. Lewis Hamilton understands what it takes to win grands prix better than any other driver on the grid - this was his 63rd grand prix victory - and after winning a race he described as "a lottery", the Mercedes ...

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Red Bull, which currently uses Renault engines, has been using Toro Rosso to monitor Honda's operation and progress after the junior team switched from a Renault supply for this  season.Helmut Marko, Red Bull's motorsport advisor, met with Honda's motorsport boss Masashi Yamamoto in the build-up to this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.The Baku meeting is the first formal conversation ...

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After picking up damage in an opening lap collision with Williams’ Sergey Sirotkin and subsequently pit for a fresh nose, Perez staged a remarkable recovery drive to catapult himself to seventh position.When the Red Bull duo dramatically crashed at the start of lap 40, not only did Perez get to ditch his old soft tyres for a fresh set of supersofts under safety car conditions, he also ...

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RED BULL MELTDOWNMax Verstappen, Red Bull Rac ...

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Hamilton was only third at the late safety car restart, but gained one position when Sebastian Vettel ran wide trying to pass Bottas for the lead and was then handed the victory when Bottas picked up a dramatic rear puncture.“I have very mixed emotions for today,” said Hamilton. “It's really quite a humbling experience.“Ultimately, Valtteri deserved to win. He did an exceptional job ...

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TRACK INTERVIEWS(Conducted by David Coulthard)We have our top three here. Lewis Hamilton just being weighed in. We just have to wait for the guys to get their helmets off. We’ve got a very happy Checo Pérez there and Kimi Räikkönen. Checo, you’re first with the helmet off: fantastic, absolutely brilliant, last time you were on the podium was here.Sergio PÉREZ: Yeah, two years ago. I ...

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The Ferrari driver recovered from a first-lap tangle with Esteban Ocon to finish a crazy race second to Lewis Hamilton, but he thought he was going to have a high-speed accident coming onto the start/finish straight with three laps to go when he clipped the wall in the final kink on the lap.“On the first lap after the restart on the little kink coming to the last part of the straight ...

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Perez delivered his and Force India's first F1 podium since the race at the same venue in 2016, the Mexican recovering from an opening-lap hit from Sergey Sirotkin to bring the car home in third behind Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.He was then summoned to the stewards post-race, alongside fellow drivers Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen, over alleged improper use of DRS midway ...

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The drivers were summoned to see the race stewards immediately after the race in Baku to examine whether either of them had been at fault for their crash at Turn 1.But following discussions with them and team representatives, the FIA deemed that both the Australian and the Dutchman were equally to blame for what had happened.However, despite both men apologising, they were given ...

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The two drivers crashed out of the race after a coming together at Turn 1 as they fought for position in the closing stages of the race.The collision – which came after some fraught side-by-side moments throughout the Baku race – left Red Bull chiefs furious.Team principal Christian Horner said that both drivers were in the 'dog house' - and that they had been asked to travel to the ...

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The Ferrari driver – who led the race comfortably until a safety car period allowed Bottas’s Mercedes to make a pitstop and emerge still ahead – locked up trying to retake the lead on a restart with four laps to go, ultimately dropping to fourth.“I’m happy that I tried, I’m not happy that it didn’t work, but I have to try,” said Vettel.“I don’t think it was overly optimistic to jump ...

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The Russian hit Perez's VJM11 from behind under braking into the Turn 2 left-hander, leading the Mexican to then collide with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and further damage his car.Sirotkin would go on to retire further down the road in a three-way collision with Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso, and was assessed a three-place grid penalty by the FIA stewards, which he is set to serve ...

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After several feisty moments between the two Red Bulls, who raced closely throughout the F1 race in Baku, they both retired on the spot after Ricciardo ran into the back of Verstappen on the brakes for Turn 1.When asked for his reaction to the incident, Marko told Sky Sports: "We let the drivers race and then they are doing that. Unbelievable. Both were wrong."It was a racing ...

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Bottas had managed the final restart of the race, having jumped ahead of Sebastian Vettel by pitting under the safety car when Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen collided.The Finn steered around Vettel when the Ferrari man overshot the first corner, and looked set to take his first win of the season when he picked up a right-rear puncture due to debris on the ...

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Perez came back from having to pit for repairs following a first-lap hit from Sergey Sirotkin to take third place in Baku, pouncing on Sebastian Vettel when the erstwhile F1 world championship leader flat-spotted his tyres trying to attack Valtteri Bottas for the lead at the final safety car restart.But having held off Vettel's retaliation attempts to claim his first F1 podium since ...

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The McLaren driver was hit by the Williams of Sergey Sirotkin on the opening lap and was forced to crawl back to the pits with two punctured tyres which disintegrated as he tried to reach it.After replacing the front wing and the wheels, Alonso returned to the race and managed to recover to seventh position despite the damage to the floor of his car.Alonso said the position was the ...

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Hamilton didn’t appear to have the pace to challenge for the win in the early stages of the race, and was running third behind Bottas and Vettel at a late safety car restart.But the race came to Hamilton as first Vettel outbraked himself at the first corner and ran wide, before Bottas retired from the lead a lap later when he suffered a puncture after running over debris. ...

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Sebastian Vettel was on course to score a comfortable win before the race was changed by a safety car caused by Daniel Ricciardo rear-ending teammate Max Verstappen at Turn 1.Bottas survived a lunge from Vettel into Turn 1 at the restart and appeared to be heading for victory before a puncture handed Mercedes' first win of the year to Hamilton, with Kimi Raikkonen second and Sergio ...

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Force India driver Ocon retired from the race on the opening lap after making contact with Raikkonen as the Ferrari driver attempted to pass down the inside of Turn 3.Raikkonen was able to continue, but Ocon wound up hitting the wall and retiring on the spot.An angry Ocon blasted Raikkonen for the accident, which will be investigated by the stewards after the race."Clearly I had a ...

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April 30th is the last date for changes to next year's technical regulations to be passed without requiring unanimity.As previously reported, FOM and the FIA have been working together on ways to allow cars to follow each other more closely, with research conducted by a group led by F1 chief technical officer Pat Symonds.Their focus has been on "outwashing" front wing elements ...

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All six drivers from the top three teams attempted to get through Q2 on the supersoft tyre rather than the less favoured ultrasoft.However, after making mistakes and with no spare supersofts left, Raikkonen was forced to use ultrasofts for his second run, committing him to that set for the start.In Q3 he was on target to grab pole position from teammate Sebastian Vettel when he made ...

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The Silverstone-based picked up just one point in the first three races of 2018 - but its VJM11 was a standout in Baku qualifying, with both Esteban Ocon in seventh place and Sergio Perez in eighth more than half a second on the team's nearest midfield rival Hulkenberg in Q3.Baku has been one of Force India's best venues since the street track's arrival on the calendar, with ...

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A German media report has suggested that Lance Stroll’s father Lawrence is pushing for Williams to have a Haas-style “B team” deal with Mercedes that would both give it access to technology from the Brackley outfit, and also allow Williams to trim its staffing levels and potentially cut costs.Williams currently employs 550 people, significantly more than the likes of Force India ...

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Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin were 11th and 12th fastest in qualifying and will both move up a position on the grid thanks to Nico Hulkenberg’s five-place gearbox penalty, with the Canadian ending up just 0.103s away from getting a Williams into Q3 for the first time in 2018. Stroll’s time was 2.087s off Sebastian Vettel’s pole position time, with the team’s previous best ...

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Ecclestone told Sky Sports he feels Hamilton is "not the racer he was", suggesting he could be "getting a little bit tired of travelling and he's fed up with things".Hamilton declined to comment on Ecclestone's remarks, but Wolff said in Baku on Saturday evening that the reigning world champion is "relaxed" about such speculation."All of us very much respect Bernie, but we have also ...

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