28 April 2019

Six hours after the race...

The 1001st Formula 1 World Championship race, held on the streets of Baku, in Azerbaijan, was a dominant display by Mercedes-Benz, with Ferrari and Red Bull not able to keep up with the fleet silver machines. It was the team's fourth consecutive 1-2. Next time they will equal the record and if they can do it in Monaco it will be a new record... But it is not as easy as it looks... For most of practice it looked like Charles Leclerc of Ferrari had it all sorted out. But then he crashed in Q2 and ruined his chances. Starting the race on medium tyres, he was able to work his way back into the lead from eighth on the grid, while the others used soft tyres and pitted earlier. But the softs were good and gradually they reeled Charles in and got ahead. Leclerc tried two sets of softs at the end of the race, one to try to chase his rivals and the other to set the fastest lap and get an extra point, but that was little consolation. Would it have been a different story if he had been on pole and starting on mediums (as was the plan). Who can say? Vettel was third in the end but never really looked a threat while Max Verstappen was fourth but not really challenging. Sergio Perez did a super job to grab sixth for Racing Point, behind Leclerc, while the McLarens of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris were seventh and eighth, with Lance Stroll ninth and Kimi Raikkonen 10th. A classic race it was not...

- We get the inside scoop from Toto Wolff

- We hear from Lance Stroll

- We look at the F1 plans in Miami

- We look back at the United States GP of 1974

- We remember Jim Russell

- DT looks to the future

- JS sees the value of hot showers

- The Hack looks back

- Peter Nygaard captures the joys of Baku

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