F1 Azerbaijan GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

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By: Haydn Cobb, Stefan Mackley

Summary

Leaderboard
1. Perez, Red Bull
2. Verstappen, Red Bull
3. Sainz, Ferrari
4. Leclerc, Ferrari
5. Gasly, AlphaTauri
6. Alonso, Alpine
7. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
8. Norris, McLaren
9. Ocon, Alpine
10. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri

Summary
  • Perez topped FP2 for Red Bull from team-mate Verstappen and Ferrari's Sainz
  • Second practice briefly red-flagged after Latifi stopped with engine problem
  • Leclerc hit the barrier at Turn 15 and lost his front wing
  • Hamilton P11 and Bottas P16 as Mercedes struggled
  • Verstappen topped FP1 from Ferrari pair
Status: Stopped
06:11 Plenty to mull over tonight then ahead of qualifying, we'll be back tomorrow to bring you all the action from FP3 and the crucial sessions to set the grid. Thanks as always for joining us, see you then!
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06:04 So what should we make of that? Red Bull looking very strong on Friday with Mercedes well down the order, but is that a representative picture of how qualifying will look tomorrow? And can Perez continue his strong start and get on terms with Verstappen?
06:03 Leclerc complaining that his medium tyres are "destroyed" doesn't bode especially well for Ferrari. Can it sort out its car to be kinder on the tyres over a stint without compromising its one-lap performance for qualifying? Much head-scratching to do at Maranello tonight.
06:01 There's the chequered flag and with no late improvements it is Sergio Perez who tops the times. A good confidence-booster that for the Mexican.
05:59 A minute to go until the end of the session and no Mercedes in the top 10. Not often you can say that...
05:59 Sainz has also pitted for mediums, presumably just to scrub in a set for tomorrow.
05:57 Bottas has come into the pits and switched to the medium tyres for the final minutes of what has been a largely miserable session for the Finn.
05:56 Sainz has a big wobble going into Turn 15 and has to turn right where he'd ordinarily be going left to avoid clobbering the steep kerb and drive around the back of it. Ferrari seemingly quick on one lap, but hanging on over a stint.
05:55 "I've got huge graining on the rear," says Leclerc on the mediums. Tsunoda meanwhile becomes the latest man to go straight on at Turn 2.
05:54 Oh dear, it's another Turn 1 overshoot for Bottas who had a midcorner snap of oversteer that sent him into the run-off. The Finn does a good impression of Gilles Panizzi at a hairpin by lighting up the rears in a textbook spin turn to get back on track, but it doesn't look like he's going to trouble the front-runners today.
05:52 When looking at sector times, interestingly Perez isn't the fastest man through any of the three sectors - Verstappen has the best splits in sectors one and two, but it's Giovinazzi's Alfa who was quickest through the flat-out blast of sector three.
05:50 For reference, the best time in FP1 earlier was Verstappen's 1m43.184s, while Perez's benchmark is currently a 1m42.115s.
05:49 Perez and Verstappen both come out again on soft tyres. Will anybody be able to topple the Mexican's best time? Would be a great confidence booster for the man who finished third here in 2018 if he could top the Friday times.
05:45 Hamilton is also on mediums, while Bottas has gone for another try on soft tyres - perhaps with a view to getting some more confidence on a flying lap?
05:42 Looks like Sainz and Gasly are having another go on the softs, so too Norris, while Ocon has headed out on mediums.
05:40 Leclerc has come back out again with his Ferrari given the all-clear. He's now on the medium tyres and looking to make up for lost time after that Zidane-esque headbutt of the wall.
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