2019 Azerbaijan GP: Bottas leads 1-2 finish for Mercedes

Mercedes continues to take pleasure in a near-perfect begin to the 2019 F1 season, with the group taking its fourth consecutive 1-2 end in simply as many races after Valtteri Bottas received the 2019 Azerbaijan GP forward of teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Within the apply periods, it initially appeared like Ferrari had the stronger automotive however Mercedes gained the higher hand in qualifying, locking out the entrance row; and Bottas then went forward and clinched a lights-to-flag victory at Baku. Initially of the race, each Mercedes drivers ran wheel-to-wheel at Flip 1, however Bottas managed to fend off Hamilton to retain the race lead after which began constructing a spot.

Operating in third place, Sebastian Vettel seemed to be missing tempo on the comfortable tyres. By lap 10, his teammate Charles Leclerc – who was operating on the extra sturdy medium tyres – had overtaken Max Verstappen and was simply 3sec behind Vettel, regardless of having to begin the race from eighth place after crashing out in qualifying. In consequence, Ferrari determined to pit Vettel early, forcing Mercedes to observe swimsuit with each its drivers. Majority of the laps thereafter noticed Bottas, Hamilton and Vettel handle their tempo to guard their tyres, all of the whereas chopping into Leclerc’s lead as Ferrari extended his first run.

Bottas lastly handed Leclerc to as soon as once more transfer into the lead on lap 32 and over the subsequent two laps, Hamilton and Vettel managed to overhaul Leclerc as properly. By the point Ferrari lastly pitted Leclerc, he’d not solely misplaced a bit of time to Verstappen however had additionally ended up re-joining the monitor behind Pierre Gasly. Nonetheless, he was capable of utilise his brisker comfortable tyres to quickly overtake the Gasly for fifth place.

Gasly appeared on target to tug off a powerful restoration drive after having to begin the race from the pit lane for failing to cease for a weighbridge test within the second apply session. Nonetheless, his automotive crawled to a cease with simply 12 laps to go because of a driveshaft failure and the incident triggering a Digital Security Automobile. With all of the frontrunners on older medium tyres, Leclerc seemed to be in good place to make up some misplaced floor, however in a similar way to what his teammate skilled in the beginning of the race, he seemed to be struggling on the comfortable tyres as properly.

On the entrance of the pack, Hamilton had chipped away at Bottas’ lead and was inside DRS vary with simply three laps to go. However he ran huge on the penultimate lap and Bottas ended up crossing the chequered flag first to win the race. Vettel settled for third place, by no means fairly with the ability to catch as much as the Mercedes drivers, regardless of exhibiting higher efficiency on the medium tyres.

Verstappen himself fell away from Vettel after the Digital Security Automobile interval ended and completed the race in 4th place, forward of Leclerc. Ferrari finally determined to pit Leclerc as soon as once more for contemporary tyres in a bid to attain an additional level by setting the quickest lap of the race – a method that labored for the group. Leclerc ended up setting a brand new lap document for the monitor.

Racing Level and McLaren completed within the high 10, with Sergio Pérez taking sixth place and his Racing Level teammate Lance Stroll ending ninth. In the meantime, the McLaren duo Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris completed seventh and eighth respectively. Kimi Räikkönen secured the final factors scoring place, recovering to complete in 10th place after having to begin from the pit lane after his Alfa Romeo automotive failed a front-wing deflection check.

Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat ended up retiring from the race after a weird incident that noticed Ricciardo run huge in Flip three, catching out Kvyat within the course of and later reverse into the Toro Rosso driver’s automotive. Ricciardo has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Spanish GP for the incident.

Bottas now leads the drivers’ championship standings by a degree from Hamilton. As for the groups’ championship, Mercedes holds a mammoth 74-point lead over Ferrari after simply 4 races.

Race outcome

POS

   DRIVER

CAR

LAPS

   GAP

1

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

51

1h31m52.942s

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

51

1.524s

three

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

51

11.739s

four

Max Verstappen

Pink Bull/Honda

51

17.493s

5

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

51

1m09.107s

6

Sergio Pérez

Racing Level/Mercedes

51

1m16.416s

7

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren/Renault

51

1m23.826s

eight

Lando Norris

McLaren/Renault

51

1m40.268s

9

Lance Stroll

Racing Level/Mercedes

51

1m43.816s

10

Kimi Räikkönen

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

50

1 Lap

11

Alexander Albon

Toro Rosso/Honda

50

1 Lap

12

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

50

1 Lap

13

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

50

1 Lap

14

Nico Hülkenberg

Renault

50

1 Lap

15

George Russell

Williams/Mercedes

49

2 Laps

16

Robert Kubica

Williams/Mercedes

49

2 Laps

Pierre Gasly

Pink Bull/Honda

38

Gearbox

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

38

Brakes

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Honda

33

Accident harm

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault

31

Accident harm

 

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