Formula 1, Grand Prix of Azerbaijan: Perez first, Leclerc second training in Baku

Author of the article: , published on June 10, 2022.

Sergio Perez was the fastest in the first free practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, but in the afternoon, the second practice, Charles Leclerc set the fastest time of the day. Monaco was almost a quarter of a second faster than the winner of the race in Monaco, while current world champion Max Verstappen was a tenth slower and finished third.

It was followed by a Spanish duo, Fernando Alonso ahead of Carlos Sainz in fourth and fifth, and Pierre Gasly in sixth. George Russell was once again the fastest racer of Mercedes, setting the seventh time.

In the first training session, we saw two interruptions with a virtual safety car. German Mick Schumacher was the first to take care of it when coolant leaked from his car. For another, Nicholas Latifi, who had to park his williams, on which there was a breakdown in the electrical wiring.

At Red Bull, they hoped for solutions to the problems with activating the DRS system. At first glance, they managed to do that, but this time there was a vibration of the open wing of the DRS on the Verstappn race car.

In the afternoon, the teams initially sent most of their racers to the track on medium-hard tires and then on soft ones. Leclerc set the fastest lap 1: 43.224 on red-rimmed tires. Since his time, he has been an even faster team rival than Sainz, but he ran into traffic in the 16th corner, causing him to give up the fast lap.

Perez was 0.248 seconds slower than Leclerc in his first attempt, but in the second attempt he drove off the track in the first corner and ruined the chances for improvement. In the second attempt, Leclerc also made a mistake, missing the eighth corner, and in the next attempt, Perez broke the Verstappn and Sainz circles after another mistake.

Verstappen later drove a clean lap, however, but his tires were already well worn. Nevertheless, he placed third ahead of Alonso in fourth place. Sainz remained fifth, with time set in the middle of hard tires.

Leclerc reported a loss of strength to the team at the end of training, but it was not a major problem.

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