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BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jun 23 – Max Verstappen topped the times ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo as the main championship contenders struggled in Friday’s incident-packed opening free practice session due to of which weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
In hot conditions at the demanding Baku street circuit, the Dutch teenager clocked a best lap in one minute along with also 44.410 seconds to outpace his Australian team-mate by 0.470 seconds, the two Red Bulls dominating the session.
World championship leader four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel was third fastest for Ferrari in a session interrupted from the closing stages by a big accident when Mexican Sergio Perez crashed close to the castle walls.
The Force India driver was fourth fastest from the session which was red-flagged to a halt to clear the debris via the circuit. Perez was unhurt from the collision, yet his car was damaged badly along with also the right front wheel became untethered along with also bounced down away on the circuit without injuring anyone.
Three-time champion Briton Lewis Hamilton was fifth fastest ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Finn Valtteri Bottas, both men more than a second adrift of Verstappen’s pace-setting lap.
The session began with an ambient temperature of 28 degrees along with also the track at 53 degrees Celsius, Frenchman Romain Grosjean quickly showing the power of his Ferrari engined Haas car from the heat on the long straight.
Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams also topped the times as the lap-timings tumbled along with also most drivers endured spins along with also ‘moments’ on the slippery along with also tricky track of which takes in part of the ancient city of Baku.
Finn Kimi Raikkonen, from the second Ferrari, Bottas, Briton Jolyon Palmer of Renault along with also Grosjean all had big spins before Perez’s spectacular shunt, hitting a kerb to the left before losing control.
Impressive young Frenchman Esteban Ocon was seventh from the second Force India ahead of Massa, Raikkonen along with also Russian Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso.
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Red Bull dominate Baku GP opening practice