Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Race as it happened

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23:17 It’s been a riveting, controversial and utterly unpredictable race! Please do join me for the next round in Austria, and until then take care! Here’s a picture of the tiny margin between P2 and P3 as Bottas pips Stroll on the line. Until next time, take it easy!

23:13 And here are your top ten! Well done to all those who survived the drama!

23:10 An unlikely winner, but he’s done it, Daniel Ricciardo wins! Bottas passes Stroll on the finish line for P2! The Canadian teenager has an F1 podium!

23:03 Ricciardo still holding on our front…

22:59 Order update. Bottas looks like he’ll catch Stroll for P2.

22:54 Vettel and Hamilton are past Ocon and are now P4 and P5, but Bottas, P3, is really lighting up the track!

22:50 Bottas has passed Ocon and is now third, with Vettel and Hamilton both bearing down on the young Frenchman. Meanwhile, the two Sauber’s have said hello to each other.

22:44 The two title rivals are fighting nose to tail as they pass Alonso…

22:39 Hamilton is back in P8, and Vettel serves his penalty, but emerges ahead of his rival! Ricciardo leads from Stroll!

22:34 Here’s a crazy situation. Hamilton has a loose headrest, which Mercedes have urged him to try and push back down. That hasn’t worked. He pulls into the pits to allow the mechanics to sort out the issue, Vettel leads! But it gets crazier! The German is hit with a 10-second stop/go penalty for his earlier antics!

22:27 Massa has problems and has lost places, and now he retires! Magnussen has shown some aggression and proceeds up to P5! And now Hulkenberg touches the wall and ruins his front right suspension! Game over for the Hulk, who was P6! His place is inherited by Alonso, who has taken the McLaren to previously unknown heights!

22:22 And we’re at full speed! Hamilton defends against Vettel! Ricciardo has stormed past both Williams’ and is now P3!

22:16 Okay, let’s go (again)! And here we have some men returning from the grave! Both Perez and Raikkonen have had their cars patched back up and will rejoin the fray, albeit at the back of the pack and a couple of laps down. The Safety Car leads them out, we’re getting going again.

22:12 Ah, we’ll be back at it at 22:15. So much drama already, and we’re only 23 laps into this 51 lap race. What next?

22:09 The incident between Vettel and Hamilton is being investigated. I should mention that after the collision, the Ferrari man gave the Mercedes man a less-than-friendly bang of the wheels in anger. Is the title leader in trouble here?

22:05 Images of the punctures suffered by Ocon and Raikkonen. Hopefully everybody calms down a bit during this enforced break.

22:00 Some drama I didn’t have time to mention. There was a bit of a coming together between Hamilton and Vettel behind the Safety Car. The German ran into the back of the Mercedes man as the latter braked. There was some damage to the Ferrari’s front wing, but that will be changed now under the red flag.

21:55 RED FLAG: There’s a lot of debris that needs clearing up, so the race has been stopped. 15 cars remain in this Demolition Derby.

21:52 Both Raikkonen and Perez are out, but Ocon is soldiering on in P14. One beneficiary of all of this is Stroll, who is now P4 for Williams. Some images of that Force India fiasco for you.

21:49 Okay, for real this time. Hamilton leads them away! Vettel sees of Perez again but the Mexican loses a spot to Massa! And now a collision between the two Force Indias! Damage for both of them and they have to pit! A puncture for Raikkonen! The Finn is dropping back! ANOTHER SAFETY CAR! What a circus!

21:41 The cars are required to drive through the pits while the debris on the main straight is cleared away.

21:38 Let’s get back to it! Hamilton leads them away! Perez attacks Vettel, but the Ferrari man holds firm! Ocon and Massa pass Raikkonen, but the Ferrari loses a bit of front wing and the Safety Car is out again!

21:30 Rotten times for Verstappen. Four retirements in six races.

21:26 The Safety Car is out due to these retirements. The leaders come in and take on new tyres.

21:24 Verstappen all over the back of Perez now. The Dutchman attacks! Oh no! He’s slowing down! Engine problems! It’s over! What does the Red Bull man have to do to get a clean race!? Kvyat has also pulled over an retired.

21:19 No further action in the Bottas/Raikkonen incident. Meanwhile, Ricciardo, who made an early pit stop, has been told he’s free to attack. Oh no! Jolyon Palmer’s Renault has given up! That pretty much sums up his weekend. The other Renault of Hulkenberg is currently P9.

21:14 Here’s the early order for you, Verstappen is creeping up on Perez in P3…

21:11 Bottas has pitted for a new front wing and some soft tyres. The Finn is now P18. Hanilton leads Vettel by just over 2 seconds, while Raikkonen has dropped down to P5. The stewards are investigating the incident between the two Finns.

21:06 The…lights…go…OUT! Go! A clean start! But now a collision between Bottas and Raikkonen that damages both cars! Hamilton leads with Vettel up to P2, and Perez in third!

21:00 Formation lap time, Hamilton leads them around…

20:55 Just about ready…

20:45 15 minutes until the start, the cars have made their way to the grid.

20:40 I should mention at this point that due to relatively little tyre degradation around this circuit, we should see a one-stop race for most of the drivers, provided nothing dramatic happens. Expect the supersoft and soft tyres to be the flavor of the day, with little love for the medium compound.
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20:35 The first few laps could reveal much of how the race will pan out. Mercedes were clearly a class apart in qualifying, but Ferrari looked competitive on their long runs during Friday practice, and Red Bull are quietly hopeful of fighting the red cars for the podium. Can Force India or even Williams help complicate life for the big three teams? All will be revealed soon enough.

20:30 Only a few points separate Ferrari and Mercedes in the Constructor’s Championship standings. Here are the points hauls the front-running teams managed to bring home last year. Red Bull will surely hope to do better than the 10 from 2016, and with both cars in the top ten, Force India can entertain hopes of a similar haul this time around.

20:25 Moving on to today’s business, we’re bound to have a first-time winner around Baku today, since Nico Rosberg, who won last year, isn’t on the grid this year. But who will it be?

20:20 And here then, is the final Qualifying order for you, as it unfolded yesterday. Just a reminder that Carlos Sainz has a three-place grid penalty for the collision he caused in Canada, while the McLaren pair are set to start from the pit lane after a myriad of penalties.

20:15 A little further back, Lance Stroll managed to follow up his first-ever points finish last time out in Canada by beating teammate Felipe Massa in Qualifying for the first time this year. The Canadian rookie lines up in P8, can he hold, or even better that position?
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20:10 Championship leader Sebastian Vettel will line up in P4 after engine concerns forced him to use an older power unit for qualifying. The Ferrari man has some work to do today, or he could see his lead in the title race evaporate.
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20:05 Let’s go back to yesterday, as a start. Lewis Hamilton blitzed the field to take pole position, while teammate Valtteri Bottas managed P2, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari.
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