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Live: F1 Azerbaijan GP commentary and updates

Minute by minute updates for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit.

Live: F1 Azerbaijan GP commentary and updates

The F1 Azerbaijan GP will commence at 3pm local time (12pm BST), with Charles Leclerc on pole for Ferrari ahead of Red Bull's Sergio Perez.

Perez planted a late lap to usurp team-mate Max Verstappen from the front row, as Carlos Sainz begins the race from fourth.

George Russell was the leading Mercedes in fifth, and starts alongside Pierre Gasly on the grid in Baku.

By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Haydn Cobb, Tom Howard


  • Verstappen wins the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from Red Bull team-mate Perez. Mercedes' George Russell third and Lewis Hamilton fourth 
  • Virtual safety car deployed Lap 33/51 after Magnussen stopped on track with engine issue 
  • Leader, Leclerc retires with engine failure on Lap 21/51, Verstappen leads Perez 
  • Leclerc leads Verstappen on lap 19 after Red Bulls pit
  • Verstappen passes Perez on Lap 15/51 to lead
  • Sainz stops on track with a hydraulic issue at Turn 4, virtual safety car deployed Lap 10/51 - Leclerc pits, Red Bulls stay out
  • Perez grabs the lead at Turn 1 from Leclerc on the opening lap
  • F1 Azerbaijan GP begins at 12pm GMT (3pm local)
  • Leclerc pole from Perez, Verstappen
  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Perez, Red Bull
  3. Russell, Mercedes
  4. Hamilton, Mercedes
  5. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  6. Vettel, Aston Martin
  7. Alonso, Alpine
  8. Ricciardo, McLaren
  9. Norris, McLaren
  10. Ocon, Alpine
Status: Stopped
And that's all from us - we're going to watch the end of Le Mans and rustle up some lunch. Check out our websites for the usual post-race round-up, and we'll see you next week for Montreal!
No full safety cars today, which is a surprise. Big loss for Ferrari, scoring a big fat zero for its efforts today.
Albon, who had been lapped by the leaders, has stopped on track immediately after taking the chequered flag.
Hamilton gets fourth, with Gasly fifth. Vettel gets his best finish of the year with sixth, ahead of Alonso, Ricciardo, Norris and Ocon.
20 seconds later, Perez crosses the line for second, as Russell gets another podium with third for Mercedes.
Max Verstappen crosses the line to win the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix!
Norris isn't happy about being asked to hold position behind Ricciardo. He's told it's because they held position in the opposite order during the first stint. "But that was for strategy, this is for position," Norris replies.
Verstappen's in that phase of feeling tiny issues in the end of the race, finding something loose in the cockpit under braking. He duly goes for fastest lap, but is 0.004s off Perez's benchmark.
It is still an Alonso-Ricciardo-Norris train but none of the trio are closing in on each other so it's become a stalemate.
Penultimate lap - Verstappen is 19.3s ahead of Perez out front.
Stroll is the latest retirement, as he pits with three laps to go due to "some strange oscillations".
"Seat's gone cold," Hamilton says over the radio. You've heard of squeaky-bum time, now it's numb-bum time.
The McLaren race is turning into an episode of Deal or No Deal. Where's Noel Edmonds?
Some McLaren deal-making going on, as Norris is told he'll be allowed to pass Ricciardo if he can't get by Alonso, so he can attack the Alpine himself, but if he also can't get by Alonso he'll have to let Ricciardo back by again before the end of the race.
Ferrari's already packing up and shipping off to Montreal - a miserable day for the Italian team.
That was a quick investigation, as Latifi gets a five-second penalty for ignoring blue flags. Not good.
Hamilton tries again on Gasly, but the French driver holds the inside for Turn 1. But Hamilton regroups, and powers past into fourth at Turn 3.