Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Baku City Circuit, 2019

Leclerc leads Ferrari one-two as red flags fly in second practice

2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix second practice

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Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari one-two in what was called the second practice session at Baku, though the lack of running in the opening session meant this was the first opportunity drivers had to do any significant running.

Leclerc and team mate Sebastian Vettel made co-ordinated attempts to give each other slipstreams down Baku’s long, two kilometre blast towards the start/finish line. Leclerc set the benchmark time with a 1’42.872, within a tenth of a second of the best time seen in the same session last year.

Vettel was over three tenths of a second behind in second place, with Lewis Hamilton a similar gap behind him in third. Hamilton had a run-in with Kevin Magnussen at turn 14, the Haas driver unwilling to yield to the Mercedes, and the pair making contact at speed.

Max Verstappen split the Mercedes drivers, relegating Valtteri Bottas to fifth. Encouragingly for Honda all four of their cars featured in the top 10 on their first day of running with the new ‘spec two’ power unit. However sixth-placed Daniil Kvyat ended his session at turn seven after oversteering into the barrier. Alexander Albon also put his Toro Rosso ahead of Pierre Gasly’s Red Bull.

Gasly had a near-miss late in the session when he went down at an escape road at turn three, where yellow flags were already waving for Romain Grosjean’s statinary Haas.

The McLaren pair joined the top 10, Carlos Sainz Jnr just six-thousandths of a second slower than his former team mate Kvyat.

Kvyat caused the second of two red flags in the 90-minute session. The other appeared when Lance Stroll clipped a barrier at turn three, wiping the front-left corner off his Racing point chassis.

George Russell was unable to take part in the session due to the damage caused to his Williams in first practice.

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Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’42.872 28
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’43.196 0.324 28
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’43.541 0.669 31
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1’43.793 0.921 24
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’44.003 1.131 31
6 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1’44.177 1.305 9
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren-Renault 1’44.183 1.311 27
8 23 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1’44.216 1.344 33
9 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1’44.240 1.368 24
10 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1’44.295 1.423 32
11 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1’44.901 2.029 25
12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’45.366 2.494 31
13 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1’45.436 2.564 28
14 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1’45.482 2.610 30
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1’45.483 2.611 15
16 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1’45.618 2.746 31
17 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’46.717 3.845 24
18 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1’47.875 5.003 8
19 88 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1’48.111 5.239 27

Second practice visual gaps

Charles Leclerc – 1’42.872

+0.324 Sebastian Vettel – 1’43.196

+0.669 Lewis Hamilton – 1’43.541

+0.921 Max Verstappen – 1’43.793

+1.131 Valtteri Bottas – 1’44.003

+1.305 Daniil Kvyat – 1’44.177

+1.311 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’44.183

+1.344 Alexander Albon – 1’44.216

+1.368 Pierre Gasly – 1’44.240

+1.423 Lando Norris – 1’44.295

+2.029 Kevin Magnussen – 1’44.901

+2.494 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’45.366

+2.564 Sergio Perez – 1’45.436

+2.610 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’45.482

+2.611 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’45.483

+2.746 Romain Grosjean – 1’45.618

+3.845 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’46.717

+5.003 Lance Stroll – 1’47.875

+5.239 Robert Kubica – 1’48.111

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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32 comments on “Leclerc leads Ferrari one-two as red flags fly in second practice”

  1. Red Bull is missing a lot of data with only one performing car/driver.
    Stroll made a beginner mistake turning to late.
    Kvyat did what he does best. Happy birthday.
    Hamilton and Magnussen.. interesting incident.
    Nice eventful training session ;)

    1. It was good, more interesting than some qualifying sessions. Baku has to be one of the best recent additions to the F1 season, the way the track stays constantly tricky and changing adds some real tension. Also close to the walls, like Monaco, but just enough space to get past, unlike Monaco.

    2. @erikje Here’s a more precise wording on the 2nd point: Stroll made a beginner mistake of attempting to make the corner when he should’ve just let the car go straight as Bottas did earlier on the same corner.

  2. Well as Leclerc said last year “Magnussen eeeez and will always bee stoooopid”
    Unnecessary hard driving there.
    Ferraris looking dominant at least on single lap pace.

    1. @amg44 mostly agree, but recall that Toto Wolff quote about Merc running the PU in a weaker mode than Ferrari on Friday; Vettel’s pace might well be in reach (not sure about Leclerc though).

      1. True, you need to adjust the Merc times by at least .5 of a second to get to their true pace. Ferrari ahead by a hairs breadth.

    2. There are certain people(Verstappen, Vettel, etc…) who cannot resist temptation to give into red mist and K-Mag falls in that category of short sighted people.
      Remember Alonso’s rant?

      1. Sounds like a Chaitanya rant to me :p

    3. @amg44

      What did Magnussen do? It’s kind of obvious it would be something daft in nature..

      1. Watch the video of FP3 highlights posted on F1 youtube channel. You can get a glimpse of stupidity of K-Mag.

        1. Watch the video of FP3 highlights posted

          I wish I could travel in to the future .. would definitely help me with my F1 predictions ;)

  3. Ferrari leading in practise, when did we see that before?

  4. I really hope Ferrari is able to get a 1-2 this race. This championship is already looking very close to being settled this early on in the season, so hopefully Ferrari can fight back and we can finally have a battle once more. If Mercedes (especially Hamilton) does manage to win this race, I’m afraid it’s game over for both championships.

    1. For last 2 years pole sitter has never won the race.

    2. @mashiat

      But it’s only race 3.. It’s a long season man.

      Regardless, Ferrari need to win a race.. They’ve cometely lost their rhythm and it feels like they’ve forgotten how to win. We can just hope they aren’t stupid enough to ask Leclerc to move over or stay behind again.

      1. Race 4…. but the Chinese GP was so boring I can see how you’d forget it lol.

        1. facepalm moment.. my bad.. race 4

      2. @todfod Ferrari 100% need a win here. If you really break it down, they have had 1 win in their last 11 races, and that one race was won by a driver who isn’t even in the team anymore.

        1. @mashiat

          True.. if you think about it… Vettel hasn’t won a race in 11 or 12 races (since Spa). We’ve had Hamilton, Bottas, Kimi, Verstappen win races, and almost had Leclerc win a race, more recently than Vettel has.

          1. @todfod Yes, and also it’s not as if he’s really been pushing for consistency even when he hasn’t been wining. Since Spa, which was 12 races ago, he has only had 4 podiums of which only two were second places. His teammates in that time have managed 5 podiums and a race win. Vettel in the first half 2018 was fairly impressive, but he has just become a shadow of his former self now. Most drivers seem to hit their peak when they are between the ages of 29-33, but Vettel seems to have hit his when he was 24-26. A dominant Red Bull helped no doubt, but he wasn’t this wasteful even in seasons like 2012 or 2015.

          2. @mashiat

            Not to mention that one of his four podiums was gifted to him in the last race by Leclerc. I would be surprised if Ferrari don’t terminate his contract by the end of this season.

  5. Here we go again.. 1-2 on friday.. 3-4 on saturday. 3-5 or 4-5 on sunday.

  6. ”You have to be alert on a street circuit.”

  7. That Leclerc kid is pretty good, hopefully a top team will snap him up soon.

    1. BlackJackFan
      26th April 2019, 17:50


    2. Really annoying, you want a top team for leclerc cause ferrari is not performing up to par, but red bull convinced me even less than ferrari this year, it’s formula mercedes.

      1. Hint: Light hearted joke, I cheer for Leclerc and the Scuderia this weekend :)

  8. Looks awfully close between Toro Rosso and Mclaren this weekend… just a tenth of second between those four.

    Gasly popped up in there as well.. although he should be a couple of tenths ahead. I’m expecting Gasly to get a thrashing this season similar to what Vandoorne got last season. He’s nowhere close to Max even in FP sessions.

    Giovinazzi is looking good at this circuit as well. We know he likes this track from GP2 and it’s showing in his pace relative to Kimi this weekend.

    Don’t know what’s going on with Renault this weekend.. they look miserably slow on the time sheets.

    And baby Lance… well.. another masterclass from him.

  9. Should be a good battle between Mclaren, Torro Rosso and Gasly this weekend.

    Renault, Sauber, Haas and Racing Point are pretty much nowhere. Williams beyond nowhere.

  10. Anything less than a Ferrari 1-2 this weekend will be unacceptable.

    They either want to win the championship or not, they have the tech, the drivers and time. They need to pull it all together.

    As much as I like Hamilton and respect his abilities sometimes other drivers/team(s) just make it easy for him.

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