Sergio Pérez started the day with a good run in Monaco when he won the F1 race on the streets of Monte Carlo. This Friday (10), the Mexican led the first free practice session of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the eighth stage of the 2022 Formula One season, in a fight that promised (and promises) a tight advantage for Red Bull. Against Ferrari.
If so, the Italian team scored a point shortly after the change. Charles Leclerc responded accordingly and ordered a second training session of the day in Baku: Ferrari alive and at least equal to fight for pole position on Saturday.
Once again, Max Verstapp’s shyness was third in both sessions, and Carlos Sainz was even worse: 4th and 5th, respectively. At least on the day of Azerbaijan’s first action, Leclerc and Pérez are the protagonists.
The ‘best rest’ position went to Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard finished two free training sessions a day in Azerbaijan, in the top-5: 5th in the first session and 4th in FP2. At the same time, he was a two-time world champion, in both sessions, the fastest rider in the final sector of the Baku street track.
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+ Leclerc underestimates leadership but sees Ferrari as a “strong day” in Baku on Friday
+ Perez says he has “confidence” and values Red Bull’s performance in Baku’s free practice
+ Verstappen sees Bakun’s start as “decent” and regrets the yellow flag on fast returns
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View the statements of 20 F1 drivers:
Charles Leclerc, first: Leclerc underestimates leadership but sees Ferrari “strong day” in Baku on Friday
Sergio Pérez, second: Pérez says he has “confidence” and values Red Bull’s performance in free practice in Baku
Max Verstappen, third: Verstappen sees Bakun’s departure “decent” and regrets yellow flag on fast returns
Fernando Alonso, fourth: Alonso sees Alpine quickly in Baku, but lowers expectations: “Hope to move to Q3”
Carlos Sainz, fifth: Sainz calls FP1 “uncomfortable” and says Ferrari has found “the right direction” in Baku FP2
Kevin Magnussen, 17: “It’s a nice track to drive, I like being here. It’s a street track and it’s always a little more exciting, a little more on the edge. The car looks pretty good to be honest, but we weren’t very fast in FP2, which is a bit surprising, having fallen so far after FP1. Usually in FP2 we tend to be better than FP1 and today it has been the other way around, we need to look at that and see if we can find something. I’m still sure it’s going to be a pretty crazy race where a lot of things can happen. “
Alexander Albon, 18th: “We had a good day today. It was a little tricky for us because the car was good. It seemed like one of the best hits we’ve had so far this year. This rhythm that we find is a bit confusing, so we need to understand what is going on. We have work to do. Let’s look at the data and see what can be done. “
Mick Schumacher, 19th: “It looks like we had a water leak problem on the first lap, which ended the plan. It’s the first time I’ve felt the impact of this physically, it hurts my body a lot and it also hurts my car, so it’s worth thinking about in the next few races. This track is generally fairly light on the tires, except of course the circuit temperature is relatively high. It will be interesting to look deeper today so that we have a good overview of the race. “
Nicholas Latifi, 20th: “We didn’t have a great day of training, after all, we lost most of our FP1 due to an electronics problem. In general, on the street tracks, you don’t want to miss a race, but especially on this circuit your confidence should be at its highest level so that you don’t waste time on braking points. I still have a lot to do, so tonight we will do our homework to better understand which way to go with the car. We will take every opportunity to prepare for the classification. “
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