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Valtteri Bottas won the 5th Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix today. The Finn scored his 5th Formula 1 race win in the Mercedes W10,It was the 91st victory for Mercedes and because Lewis Hamilton finished 2nd, the 48th 1-2 finish and their 4th 1-2 finish of the 2019 F1 season.
The start of the race was without any incidents. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton almost passed his team mate Valterri Bottas in turn 1. Racing Point driver Sergio Pérez did pass Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen in the first corner, but a few laps later the Dutchman Verstappen passed the Mexican with DRS on the long straight of 2.2.km.
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc who started from P7 has bad start, because he was the only one who started on medium tyres. When his harder medium tyres were in the operating window he really got up to speed and passed 5 cars to P4. After 14 laps he even took the lead of the race when all other drivers on soft tyres had pitted.
Sebastian Vettel was the first driver out of the top 3 who did his pitstop. He pitted in Lap 12. Race leader Valtteri Bottas did the same a lap later in the Mercedes. His team mate Hamilton also pitted a lap later than Bottas to switch to Medium tyres.
In lap 32 the first yellow flag was out when Bottas passed Leclerc in turn 1. The yellow flag was waved for Daniel Ricciardo who tried to pass Daniil Kvyat in turn 3, but couldn't make the turn and had to use the escape road. Because of this error Kvyat also couldn't make the turn. Ricciardo drove backwards to return to the track, but didn't watch his mirror. He didn't watch out and hit the Toro Rosso of Kvyat. The collision of Ricciardo and Kvyat caused them to be the first drivers to retire.
Pierre Gasly was the 3rd to retired with a power unit problem in the back of his Red Bull Racing.
At the end of the race both Mercedes drivers battled for to get the fastest lap and P1. Hamilton who drove on P2 was pushing like crazy to pass Bottas. It was a fight until the finish line in favor for Bottas
|Azerbaijan F1 GP|
|FP1 2019 Azerbaijan|
|FP2 2019 Azerbaijan|
|FP3 2019 Azerbaijan|
|Qualifying 2019 Azerbaijan|
|Start grid 2019 Azerbaijan|
Classification 2019 Azerbaijan GP
|1||77|| Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||01:31:52.942||51||1||25|
|2||44|| Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||01:31:54.466||51||2||18|
|3||5|| Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||01:32:04.681||51||3||15|
|4||33|| Max Verstappen||Red Bull||01:32:10.435||51||4||12|
|5||16|| Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||01:33:02.049||51||8||11|
|6||11|| Sergio Pérez||Racing Point||01:33:09.358||51||5||8|
|7||55|| Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||01:33:16.768||51||9||6|
|8||4|| Lando Norris||McLaren||01:33:33.210||51||7||4|
|9||18|| Lance Stroll||Racing Point||01:33:36.758||51||14||2|
|10||7|| Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo||01:32:08.200||50||20||1|
|11||23|| Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso||01:32:10.899||50||11||0|
|12||99|| Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||01:32:13.392||50||17||0|
|13||20|| Kevin Magnussen||Haas||01:32:41.161||50||14||0|
|14||27|| Nico Hülkenberg||Renault||01:33:06.125||50||15||0|
|15||63|| George Russell||Williams||01:32:06.078||49||16||0|
|16||88|| Robert Kubica||Williams||01:32:39.174||49||18||0|
|DNF||10|| Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||Driveshaft||38||19||0|
|DNF||8|| Romain Grosjean||Haas||Brakes||38||15||0|
|DNF||26|| Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||Collision damage||33||6||0|
|DNF||3|| Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||Collision damage||31||10||0|
Fastest lap : 143.009 by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari SF90) in lap 50
Highest speed : 354.6 km/h by Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso STR14)
Below you can see the virtual race animation of the 2019 Azerbaijan GP.
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