Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Max Verstapped sets pace in FP2

Jun 26, 2017, 01:33

BAKU-Fresh from a glorious season-saving triumph at one of his favorite venues, Lewis Hamilton sets out to tame his unpredictable and sometimes wayward "diva" of a Mercedes again as the Formula One circus endures sizzling heat at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. We've clearly still got lots of work to do ahead of qualifying, but Valtteri's time in FP2 looked promising, so there is obviously pace in the vehicle, which is encouraging.

"I was very quick there previous year, but I just didn't deliver", said Hamilton.

"I looked through what I went through a year ago here and know where all the pitfalls and the issues I had then and don't plan on having the same issues this weekend", he said. "Coming out of the last corner I was just "thinking please be enough".

Hamilton, meanwhile, seemed to get stuck in traffic and with many cars out on track pushing hard it was hard for him to get any room to set a quick time.

"You pile them up". "Tomorrow will be a long hard race but we're in the best position to start".

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But with Raikkonen also more than half a second behind Bottas, Mercedes had a clear edge in single lap pace.

World championship leader and four-time champion, Sebastian Vettel, was the third fastest for Ferrari, in a session interrupted in the closing stages by a big accident when Mexican Sergio Perez crashed close to the castle walls. "But then Vettel's only one away from five so if I get five he could easily equal that and then you've got to get six". For me, it's not like I want more, but I feel like I have more potential, and I feel like it's a constant journey to discover just what that potential is.

Still, toward the end of P3, the British driver seemed anxious as he complained over the radio about his auto. "Valtteri showed good pace and I think if I finished my lap I would have been up there as well".

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who dominated Friday practice, qualified fifth but his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was down in 10th after hitting a wall.

"The rear was coming round and I tried to drive out of it but it kept going".

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"Mercedes generally is the only team as far as I'm aware in motorsport that really embraces the individuals that they work with".

"I'm sure everyone would take the ultrasoft if you could choose but those are the tyres for everyone".

The second practice starts late Friday afternoon. He will drop back, however, as he has a multiple grid penalties for power unit changes, just like team-mate, Stoffel Vandoorne, who finished up 19th.

Lance Stroll ended the session 11th, ahead of the two Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

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