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Formula 1: Ferrari's Charles Leclerc takes pole position for Azerbaijan Grand Prix
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Formula 1: Ferrari's Charles Leclerc takes pole position for Azerbaijan Grand Prix

"It feels good," said a thrilled Leclerc, who has failed to convert any of his three most recent poles into victory.

Lewis Hamilton optimistic about Mercedes progress in F1 'adversity'
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Lewis Hamilton optimistic about Mercedes progress in F1 'adversity'

Ahead of Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the seven-time champion has just one podium finish from seven races, his worst start to a season since 2009.

Formula 1 2021: Perez's maiden win for Red Bull Racing, Hamilton's costly error and other talking points from Azerbaijan GP
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Formula 1 2021: Perez's maiden win for Red Bull Racing, Hamilton's costly error and other talking points from Azerbaijan GP

Sergio Perez won his first race for Red Bull Racing, also his first win of the 2021 Formula 1 season, ahead of Aston Martin Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, the two title protagonists, failed to add to their points tally despite leading the race at different times.

Formula 1 2021: 'Sometimes you can hate this sport', deflated Max Verstappen rues Baku blowout
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Formula 1 2021: 'Sometimes you can hate this sport', deflated Max Verstappen rues Baku blowout

Max Verstappen was a picture of pain on Sunday when a tyre blowout robbed him of a probable win in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Formula 1 2021: Red Bull's Sergio Perez emerges quickest in second practice as Mercedes drivers finish outside top 10
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Formula 1 2021: Red Bull's Sergio Perez emerges quickest in second practice as Mercedes drivers finish outside top 10

The seven-time Formula One champion was a second off the pace of Red Bull driver Sergio Perez on Friday and nearly as far adrift of standings leader Max Verstappen. Even making the top 10 qualifying shootout on Saturday could be a challenge.

Formula 1 2021: Red Bull's Max Verstappen fastest in first practice session of Azerbaijan GP
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Formula 1 2021: Red Bull's Max Verstappen fastest in first practice session of Azerbaijan GP

Mercedes didn't challenge for the top positions, with Lewis Hamilton seventh and Valtteri Bottas 10th.

Formula 1 2021: No fans allowed at Azerbaijan Grand Prix due to coronavirus concerns
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Formula 1 2021: No fans allowed at Azerbaijan Grand Prix due to coronavirus concerns

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which is held on a windy street circuit through the city, was one of several cancelled last year because of the pandemic.

Formula 1 2019: 'Proud' Valtteri Bottas holds off Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to win Azerbaijan Grand Prix
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Formula 1 2019: 'Proud' Valtteri Bottas holds off Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to win Azerbaijan Grand Prix

In a thrilling, closely-fought and dramatic race, Bottas came home 1.5 seconds ahead of Hamilton as Mercedes swept to a fourth successive season-opening one-two finish, the first team to do so since Ferrari in 1952.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton accuses rival Sebastian Vettel of breaking rules at Baku
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton accuses rival Sebastian Vettel of breaking rules at Baku

Lewis Hamilton reopened old wounds on Monday when the Mercedes driver accused title rival Sebastian Vettel of breaking the rules during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Formula 1 podcast: From Daniel Ricciardo's 'luck' at Azerbaijan GP to Lewis Hamilton-Sebastian Vettel clash
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Formula 1 podcast: From Daniel Ricciardo's 'luck' at Azerbaijan GP to Lewis Hamilton-Sebastian Vettel clash

Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta discuss Daniel Ricciardo's 'curse of the No 3' that actually worked, the much-debated Lewis Hamilton-Sebastian Vettel clash and Valtteri Bottas' recovery drive to P2.