BAKU, Azerbaijan – Wow, one other Mercedes one-two … how did it go? Sadly, it was a purple automobile and a reasonably embarrassing mistake, two issues we’re increasingly more used to seeing collectively. Due to this fact, our spherical of excellent, unhealthy and worst qualifying can solely start in a single place.
The massive gaffe of Leclerc: The frustration of Charles Leclerc has mentioned every little thing after his crash in Q2. The younger man had the looks of being the person to beat till the second his automobile crashed in opposition to the cornering barrier eight, given the pace with which he had been to every session till then.
He mentioned "silly" instantly afterwards after which tweeted that he had been "ineffective". Leclerc is thought to be very exhausting on himself and he didn’t apologize for what had occurred – a formidable maturity for somebody so younger.
"I deserve what occurred at this time," he mentioned within the TV pen, as Q3 unfolded with out him. "I’m very unhappy about what occurred however I deserve it, I've been silly.I’ll do every little thing to be taught from that, I’ll come again stronger and hope to have an excellent race tomorrow."
"I don’t wish to say something silly however I believe that after the FP1, FP2 and FP3 and Q1, the pole was attainable at this time and I launched [sic] all of the potential within the trash. "
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc reacts to his downfall throughout qualifying on the Azerbaijani Grand Prix in Baku – April 27, 2019. Mark Thompson / Getty Photographs
It’s simple that it was a really silly mistake for somebody so gifted and promising, however Ferrari can not less than be glad that Leclerc reacts to those setbacks with extra disappointment than anger. It’s a measured response that we’ve not all the time seen from the person driving the opposite purple automobile in these conditions.
A gamechanger at Ferrari?: Within the context of the entire season, it's additionally an interesting second. The replays confirmed Sebastian Vettel pushing the within wall on the similar place on what was to be the earlier spherical, which means that it may simply have been the No. 5 Ferrari discovered within the gates. The error of Leclerc had a a lot heavier consequence.
This yr, we talked loads about workforce orders at Ferrari and whether or not they had been improper to help Vettel on Leclerc in tough conditions. Sunday's race shall be lengthy and Leclerc ought to have a quick automobile (and, now, an enormous level to show), however his mistake Q2 shall be a tough reminiscence to shake if Ferrari doesn’t depart Baku with a trophy of the winners.
Ferrari's president, John Elkann, was shaking his head shortly after the incident and Leclerc was watching the remainder of the qualifiers whereas he stood sheepishly at his facet. Leclerc has the psychological energy to bounce again, however tomorrow, Vettel has an important probability to dig the hole along with his younger teammate and reinforce the argument that he stays the person worthy of & # 39; 39, a precedence remedy.
Tomorrow shall be one other fascinating afternoon for Ferrari and contemplating the truth that the season has handed to this point, it's exhausting to flee the sensation that this workforce wants some excellent news to get out of this enjoyable journey to which she has apparently develop into accustomed.
Not the day we hoped for, however we don’t hand over. #essereFerrari 🔴 #AzerbaijanGP # SF90 pic.twitter.com/eWATTpN54c
– Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) April 27, 2019
The curious Q3 of Mercedes: The final moments of the Mercedes qualifying session had been very attention-grabbing. His two riders went straight to the monitor at the start of the final makes an attempt however stopped on the pit exit to permit all of the others to exit. That left them at the back of a practice of vehicles across the circuit.
On the press convention, Hamilton joked to Vettel that the workforce had "soaked" Ferrari, but it surely in all probability didn’t work in addition to the defending champion would have preferred. A tow – in easy phrases, the wake of a automobile in entrance – could also be essential for Baku's lengthy and lengthy again and Bottas credited the benefit for his spectacular pole place.
Hamilton might nicely query the sluggish tempo with which Bottas was driving, an important second to assist pilots get the tire and brake temperatures wanted for an optimized journey. When you think about that Hamilton appeared to waste essentially the most time within the first sector, the place these two components are essential, it is very important take into account the position that was performed and whether or not Hamilton hid any frustration with the state of affairs on the time. media commitments after the race.
What occurred to Vettel ?: Vettel's rhythm appeared to vanish over the last qualifying phase and it’s price questioning how a lot the Leclerc incident – and his personal grappling with the wall – had rocked him. The four-time world champion had a trailer to start out his lap however completed it with none vehicles round him, which, in his opinion, performed a job in the truth that he missed a spot within the first row.
"The session was lengthy and tough, the solar went down and the monitor cooled, so it was tough to search out the precise steadiness between pushing the exit and taking part in with the tug when making an attempt to get one thing. I had a very good journey however I didn’t have a tow to shut the tour so it price a bit. "
What number of consecutive Q1 trials has Lance Stroll now?: Eight …
…And? Effectively, it's starting to look unhealthy, particularly when Sergio Perez has days like at this time. The Mexican driver has all the time been excellent in Baku and could be a positive guess to win a podium. Racing Level has additionally all the time been quick on this monitor and the truth that Stroll is so removed from delivering what his teammate has executed would usually result in a reasonably delicate debriefing afterwards.
This awkwardness should go away a little bit when the opposite workforce members concerned know they’re coping with the son of the person who pays the payments. Lawrence Stroll has the precise to signal whoever he desires in his race workforce however for the second, his son is doing nothing to finish the stigma that has all the time adopted since his arrival on the F1 grid. Nonetheless, Stroll clinched his solely F1 podium on the Baku circuit, so let's see if he can show a degree Sunday afternoon with this quick pink automobile.
Teammates Mercedes GP, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, begin the grid for the grand prix of Baku Sunday. Charles Coates / Getty Photographs
The query of Kubica public sale at WilliamsWilliams mechanics are in all probability trying ahead to returning dwelling. The workforce in all probability thought the state of affairs couldn’t be worse than Friday, when George Russell's automobile was torn by a free drain cowl, forcing the workforce to put in his solely spare chassis on his automobile for Saturday. However they did so on the finish of the primary quarter, as Kubica misinterpreted the flip towards Flip eight, hitting the interior wall and passing on to the barrier.
Claire Williams appeared to have seen a ghost after the incident and doubtless had a number of questions in thoughts. The workforce confirmed that it had sufficient spare elements to restore the automobile in time for tomorrow's race, however Williams has gathered a reasonably heavy restore invoice in simply two days right here. Claire rejected options, the workforce could be promoting earlier than the weekend, however Baku 2019 is changing into a reasonably costly chapter within the current historical past of this workforce.
However maybe extra urgent within the context of the season will concern Kubica himself. Anyway, the Pole would have been eradicated from Q1, but it surely was an embarrassing session for him earlier than crashing: he was zero.four seconds behind Russell, who was struggling to make amends for time. monitor. The story of Kubica's return had an enormous issue of well-being when it was introduced, but it surely pale shortly this yr when it grew to become obvious how late it was.
Williams is a bit in a tough state of affairs – Kubica's expertise has clearly failed, however who’s he in a position to substitute him?
Baku is bonkers: This weekend was fairly loopy. Friday was extremely chaotic, with the incident of the drain cowl talked about above. A fairly loopy Formulation 2 race began the day and included two vehicles crashing when restarting a security automobile, however a reasonably regular FP3 adopted.
The qualifiers had been again to the Baku customary, with the shunts for Kubica and Leclerc protecting the turners at Flip eight busy. I don’t guess, however I guess loads on the folly of Sunday's grand prix, which is changing into essentially the most anticipated calendar of F1.