F1 Azerbaijan GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 and Qualifying


By: Jake Boxall-Legge, James Newbold


  • Charles Leclerc takes pole after final runs red-flagged for Tsunoda and Sainz crashes
  • Lance Stroll crashes at Turn 15 to bring out red flag early on in Q1
  • Giovinazzi brings out a second red flag, again at Turn 15
  • Eliminated in Q1: Latifi, Schumacher, Mazepin, Giovinazzi, Stroll
  • Ricciardo adds third red flag in Q2, crashing into the wall at Turn 3
  • Eliminated in Q2: Vettel, Ocon, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Russell
  1. Leclerc, Ferrari
  2. Hamilton, Mercedes
  3. Verstappen, Red Bull
  4. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  5. Sainz, Ferrari
  6. Norris, McLaren
  7. Perez, Red Bull
  8. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  9. Alonso, Alpine
  10. Bottas, Mercedes
Status: Stopped
09:51 Here's the report from a wild qualifying - we'll see you tomorrow for, hopefully, an enthralling race in Baku: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/azerbaijan-gp-qualifying-report/6537250/
09:33 Must say, it certainly was refreshing to not have to type track limits once. Walls meant there was never any debate to be had...
09:29 Anybody else feel like they need a lie down after that session?
09:27 Norris, pending investigation for not coming into the pits when Stroll's Q1 crash brought out the first of four red flags in the session, will be sixth on the grid ahead of Perez, Tsunoda, Alonso and Bottas - for whom this is another weekend that appears to be slipping away from him.
09:26 Gasly equals his and AlphaTauri's best-ever qualifying position in fourth after a mega effort on his one timed lap in Q3, with Sainz set to start fifth once the damage is repaired.
09:25 With just seconds left on the clock, the session will not be restarted, and Leclerc is his second pole in a week. Hamilton starts second, a remarkable salvage job from Mercedes, while Verstappen will have work to do from third on the grid. Who saw this coming?
09:24 Tsunoda makes a carbon-copy mistake of the one that took Ricciardo out in Q2, and behind him Sainz is distracted, locks the rears and spins into the escape road where he clouts the wall with front and rear, plucking off his front wing in the process.
09:22 Tsunoda is in the wall at Turn 3, and Sainz has lost his front nose too. That gives pole to Leclerc for the second race in a row!
09:21 Red flag!
09:20 Bottas was sent out first again, but without a tow slows down and waits for Leclerc to overtake him.
09:19 As the top runners emerge for their second efforts, it's Leclerc on provisional pole from Hamilton, Verstappen, Gasly and Sainz. Norris is P6, then Perez, Tsunoda, Alonso and an unhappy Bottas in P10.
09:18 Gasly's time is good enough for fourth, it's a 1m41.565s from the Frenchman.
09:17 Now here come the AlphaTauri twins, who have the track to themselves. Tsunoda is towing Gasly around.
09:15 The lap from Bottas is disappointing and leaves him only P8, but with the benefit of the tow Hamilton is up to second on a 1m41.450s.
09:14 So the first representative times on the board come from Ferrari, and it's Leclerc on top after the first runs with a 1m41.218s. That's over three tenths quicker than his nearest challenger, Verstappen, with Sainz currently third.
09:13 Bottas and Hamilton take it fairly steadily on their first laps, that'll go down as a warmup lap to get their tyres in the right window for a push lap.
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