The medieval city of Baku delivered an eventful race on its challenging street circuit. In stark contrast to the previous two Azerbaijan Grand Prix, crashes were non-existent during the race, but Qualifying certainly took its toll on some.

Valtteri Bottas once again proved his brilliance as a driver and now leads the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes had plenty to celebrate, not only a 1-2 finish but their fourth consecutive finish of this sort for the season. The two team-mates put on a show for one of the most thrilling starts of the season.

Max Verstappen battled hard to take 3rd and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz earned his first points of the year with 7th place.

Despite a nasty crash into the barriers in Qualifying, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc redeemed himself by snatching fastest lap on Sunday. Impressive overtakes were plentiful with Sergio Perez of Racing Point F1 putting in a strong performance to finish 6th as Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was oozing with frustration at another DNF.

One thing’s for sure, this circuit leaves very little room for mistakes, making for a nail-biting battle from start to finish. Next up, the Spanish Grand Prix, May 10-12 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, followed by the legendary Monaco Grand Prix May 23-26. CLICK HERE to be there.

 

RACE RESULTS

1 Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes 
2 Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes 
3 Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari 
4 Max Verstappen – Red Bull 
5 Charles Leclerc – Ferrari 
6 Sergio Perez – Racing Point 
7 Carlos Sainz – McLaren 
8 Lando Norris – McLaren 
9 Lance Stroll – Racing Point 
10 Kimi Raikkonen – Alfa Romeo 
11 Alexander Albon – Toro Rosso 
12 Antonio Giovinazzi – Alfa Romeo 
13 Kevin Magnussen – Haas
14 Nico Hulkenberg – Renault 
15 George Russell – Williams
16 Robert Kubica – Williams 
R Pierre Gasly – Red Bull 
R Romain Grosjean – Haas