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F1: Azerbaijan – Ricciardo wins, Stroll takes first podium

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) started on pole for the 66th time of his career, moving him past Ayrton Senna on the all-time list. Teammate Valtteri Bottas lined up next door. Ferrari locked out Row 2 (Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel), with Max Verstappen (Red Bull) starting fifth and Sergio Perez (Force India) sixth.

Bottas collided with Raikkonen through the first few turns. Hamilton led Vettel and Perez. Verstappen was pushing Perez for P3 during Lap 11 (of 51), then his engine crapped out. The leaders pitted under the safety car during Lap 13 as Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso was recovered from the track. Lance Stroll (Williams) ran third, but had yet to stop. Perez returned to third once Stroll pitted.

Perez made a run at Vettel on the Lap 17 restart, but the German held his spot. The safety car reemerged before the lap was complete due to debris on the front straight. Vettel bumped Hamilton from behind under the safety car as the leader slowed sharply before the restart. Vettel then pulled next to Hamilton and bashed him from the side. Felipe Massa (Williams) passed Perez for third when action resumed, with the two Force India cars then coming together and the safety car coming out yet again. Stroll ran fourth.

Stewards red-flagged the race on Lap 23.

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) moved from P5 to P3 on the restart. Hamilton’s cockpit bolster was left loose following the red flag and he was called into the pits to secure it. Vettel was given a 10-sec stop-and-go penalty for dangerous driving. Hamilton returned to competition in ninth. Vettel served his penalty during Lap 34, reentering in P7 with a lapped car (Perez) between he and Hamilton. The Top 3 were Ricciardo, Stroll, and Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

Esteban Ocon (Force India) passed Magnussen for third in Lap 38. Bottas took P3 two laps later.

Ricciardo won, with Bottas taking second from Stroll in a sprint to the finish line. It was Stroll’s first career podium, coming just one event after the 18-year old Canadian scored his first F1 points at his home grand prix. The podium was Williams first since the 2016 Canadian event. Ricciardo rose from P10 for the victory and into fourth place in the driver standings. Fernando Alonso finished ninth to earn McLaren-Honda its first points of the year. Mercedes moved past Ferrari into the constructor standings lead.

 

Driver standings (Top 10)

Sebastian Vettel (Germany), Ferrari – 153

Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain), Mercedes – 139

Valtteri Bottas (Finland), Mercedes – 111

Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), Red Bull-Renault - 92

Kimi Raikkonen (Finland), Ferrari – 73

Max Verstappen (Netherlands), Red Bull-Renault – 45

Sergio Perez (Mexico), Force India-Mercedes – 44

Esteban Ocon (France), Force India-Mercedes – 35

Carlos Sainz (Spain), Toro Rosso-Renault – 29

Felipe Massa (Brazil), Williams-Mercedes – 20

 

Constructor standings

Mercedes (Hamilton, Bottas) – 250

Ferrari (Vettel, Raikkonen) – 226

Red Bull Racing (Verstappen, Ricciardo) – 137

Force India-Mercedes (Perez, Ocon) - 79

Williams-Mercedes (Massa, Lance Stroll) – 37

Toro Rosso-Renault (Sainz Jr., Daniil Kvyat) – 33

Haas-Ferrari (Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean) – 21

Renault (Nico Hulkenberg, Jolyon Palmer) – 18

Sauber-Ferrari (Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein) – 5

McLaren-Honda (Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne) – 2

 

 

 Next event: Grand Prix of Austria, Spielberg  – July 7-9, 2017

 

 

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