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Formula 1: Sergio Perez has Max Verstappen's measure in Baku final practice
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Formula 1: Sergio Perez has Max Verstappen's measure in Baku final practice

Sergio Perez outshone his world champion teammate Max Verstappen again in third and final practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: F1 pitches up in Baku with Sergio Perez out to promote title credentials
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: F1 pitches up in Baku with Sergio Perez out to promote title credentials

Sergio Perez arrives in Baku, fresh from his Monaco triumph, into this eighth round of the 22-race season which welcomes back fans for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic

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: Sergio Perez wins chaotic Azerbaijan GP, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton fail to finish
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Formula 1 2021: Sergio Perez wins chaotic Azerbaijan GP, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton fail to finish

Sebastian Vettel for Aston Martin and Pierre Gasly for Alpha Tauri completed the unexpected podium.

Formula 1 2021: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on pole for Azerbaijan GP after crash-laden qualifying in Baku
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Formula 1 2021: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on pole for Azerbaijan GP after crash-laden qualifying in Baku

Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton will start alongside Leclerc, who is looking for quick redemption after taking pole in Monaco only to retire from the race when his car broke down on the warm-up lap.

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: 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.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Azerbaijan Grand Prix latest Formula 1 race to be postponed in wake of COVID-19 crisis
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Azerbaijan Grand Prix latest Formula 1 race to be postponed in wake of COVID-19 crisis

The Azerbaijan GP was postponed on Monday because of the coronavirus outbreak, delaying the start of the Formula One season until the middle of June at the earliest.

Formula 1 2019: Lewis Hamilton tells Ferrari to shape up after Mercedes sweep Azerbaijan GP, just like first three races
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Formula 1 2019: Lewis Hamilton tells Ferrari to shape up after Mercedes sweep Azerbaijan GP, just like first three races

After Mercedes' fourth one-two at Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said: "Until Ferrari start to perform at the level we are now, then this is how it’s going to be. They’re going to have to pick it up if they want to fight us."

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.

Marcus Ericsson exclusive interview: ‘I plan to stay in Formula One for a really long time’
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Marcus Ericsson exclusive interview: ‘I plan to stay in Formula One for a really long time’

Marcus Ericsson is not the luckiest driver on the Formula One grid, with his well-chronicled troubles from debuting with the ill-fated Caterham team to roughing it out at a cash-strapped Sauber.

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton says he has 'zero comfort' knowing he's 'punching below his weight'
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Formula One: Lewis Hamilton says he has 'zero comfort' knowing he's 'punching below his weight'

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is punching below his weight as he struggles to understand how his Mercedes car reacts to this year’s tyres.

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.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton claims season's 1st win after Valtteri Bottas' tragic ouster in dramatic Baku race
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton claims season's 1st win after Valtteri Bottas' tragic ouster in dramatic Baku race

Bottas, who has comfortably outperformed Hamilton this season, was dealt a cruel blow when debris on track caused a puncture, forcing him to retire.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton says 'this was for Valtteri Bottas' after win
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton says 'this was for Valtteri Bottas' after win

Lewis Hamilton was subdued in his celebrations while his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was left devastated after the defending world champion claimed an unlikely victory in Sunday’s incident-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel says failed move to try and pass Valtteri Bottas was worth the gamble
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel says failed move to try and pass Valtteri Bottas was worth the gamble

Sebastian Vettel said he had no choice but to try and pass Valtteri Bottas in what proved to be a misjudged move that cost him a podium finish in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton claims first win of season in dramatic race, takes over as championship leader
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton claims first win of season in dramatic race, takes over as championship leader

Lewis Hamilton managed to steer his Mercedes through a chaotic race and capitalize on others' misfortunes to register his first victory in seven races

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: 'Greedy' Sebastian Vettel feared he missed out on pole; Kimi Raikkonen rues 'painful' error
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: 'Greedy' Sebastian Vettel feared he missed out on pole; Kimi Raikkonen rues 'painful' error

Sebastian Vettel was on top ahead of defending champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes as they began their final flying runs.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel pips Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to pole
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel pips Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to pole

Vettel, who leads Hamilton by nine points after three races, clocked a best lap in one minute and 41.498 seconds to sweep to the prime starting spot.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel tops final free practice ahead of rival Lewis Hamilton
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel tops final free practice ahead of rival Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel clocked a best time of one minute and 43.091 seconds, out-pacing Lewis Hamilton, also a four-time champion, by 0.361 seconds.