Azerbaijan GP (2017)

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23 Jun - 25 Jun
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Palmer: F1 weekends "can't get worse" than Baku

Jolyon Palmer says Formula 1 weekends “can’t get worse” than his disastrous Azerbaijan Grand Prix outing, which ended in an early retirement with an engine issue.

Baku wants date return in future after 2018 switch

Azerbaijan GP organisers are happy with their Formula 1 race being moved to April for 2018, but would prefer to retake their original June slot going forward.

Villeneuve: Stroll podium doesn't change "pathetic" earlier form

Former Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve stands by his criticism of Lance Stroll's pre-Baku performances, despite the rookie's breakthrough podium in Azerbaijan.

Stewart brands Vettel “irresponsible” for Baku swipe at Hamilton

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart says Sebastian Vettel made “a large mistake” when he banged wheels under safety car conditions with Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Frustrated Kvyat urges Toro Rosso to sort out reliability

A frustrated Daniil Kvyat has called on his Toro Rosso team to improve reliability on his side of the garage, as he feels frequent mechanical issues are stopping him from showing his “full potential”.

Massa column: My regret over a race I could have won

There was a point in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix where I thought it was going to be one of the races that would be one of the most memorable of my career.

Vandoorne column: Vettel/Hamilton emotions are what fans want

In his latest column, Stoffel Vandoorne reflects on another tough weekend in Baku, and gives his take on the controversy involving Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton that has dominated headlines.

Grosjean: “I need to be better” at managing brake problems

Romain Grosjean has admitted he needs to get better at driving around the persistent brake issues that have plagued his Haas Formula 1 car.

Mercedes to change headrest pin design after Baku problem

Mercedes is to make changes to the locking mechanism of its headrest in time for the Austrian Grand Prix in a bid to ensure there is no repeat of the problem that cost Lewis Hamilton victory in Baku.

Button urges F1 to "move on" from Vettel controversy

Former world champion Jenson Button has urged Formula 1 chiefs to "move on" over the Sebastian Vettel controversy, despite a looming FIA investigation.

Verstappen's pain "compounded" by Ricciardo success - Horner

Max Verstappen's frustration at his Red Bull car's most recent mechanical failure in Baku is made worse by Daniel Ricciardo's strong run of Formula 1 results, says Christian Horner.

Tech analysis: How top teams reacted to Baku layout headache

Formula 1's leading teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull all brought wing updates to the Azerbaijan GP, looking for a trade-off between drag and downforce at the atypical venue.

FIA launches investigation into Vettel clash with Hamilton

The FIA has decided to hold a formal investigation into whether or not further action is required against Sebastian Vettel following his controversial clash with Lewis Hamilton behind the safety car at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Baku comeback a lesson in not giving up, says Bottas

Valtteri Bottas says that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was a lesson in not giving up, after he came back from being 20th and a lap down to take a sensational second place.

Sainz calls for rethink of "dangerous" Baku restarts

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz has lobbied for changes to be made to safety car restarts in Baku, as he believes they created a “dangerous situation” in the 2017 race.

Why F1 title battle goes beyond just the drivers falling out

It's not just Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel who are at war in the F1 title fight; top brass and technical staff at Mercedes and Ferrari have rolled up their sleeves too...

Honda "very relieved" after McLaren's Baku points

Yusuke Hasegawa said he was “very relieved” as Fernando Alonso scored McLaren-Honda’s first Formula 1 points of the 2017 season in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Damper failure cost Massa Baku win, reckons Lowe

Felipe Massa was on course for victory in Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix before a failure on the damper system locked the rear suspension solid, according to Paddy Lowe. 

Hamilton: Vettel controversy shows Ferrari feeling the pressure

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes has taken encouragement from Sebastian Vettel’s behaviour in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – because it shows that the German and Ferrari are feeling the pressure.

Villeneuve: Vettel swipe was 'ugly' but no big deal

Jacques Villeneuve has come out in defence of Sebastian Vettel after the German's lunge at Lewis Hamilton in the Azerbaijan GP.

Verstappen gutted by Baku exit, makes simulator joke over engine

Max Verstappen says he was gutted by his latest reliability setback in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a race which he could “easily imagine” going on to win.

Five things we learned from the Azerbaijan GP’s Global Editor-in-Chief Charles Bradley gives his views as the world title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel suddenly turned nasty.

Ferrari doesn't want war of words with Mercedes

Ferrari says it is not interested in getting involved in a war of words with Formula 1 title rivals Mercedes despite the controversy of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Wolff wants to hear Vettel's side on Baku Hamilton incident

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he wants to speak to Sebastian Vettel before judging whether or not the German overstepped the mark in his collision with Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Analysis: How Ricciardo navigated Baku chaos to win from 17th

A lowly grid position and early-race issues should have ruined Daniel Ricciardo's Azerbaijan GP, but he and Red Bull persevered anyway. Adam Cooper analyses one of the most remarkable comebacks in recent Formula 1 history.

Perez/Ocon to be told Baku clash was "unacceptable"

Force India duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon will be told by their bosses that collisions like they had in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix are ‘unacceptable’, as the team was left counting the cost of a big missed opportunity.

Vettel hitting Hamilton a "red mist moment", says Horner

Sebastian Vettel’s decision to turn in on Lewis Hamilton during Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix was the result of the red mist descending following an earlier clash, says Christian Horner.

Hamilton not interested in speaking to "disrespectful" Vettel

Lewis Hamilton has no interest in speaking to ‘disrespectful’ Sebastian Vettel about their controversial collision in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – and instead says he will do all his talking on track.

Boullier: First points of 2017 nothing to get excited about

Eric Boullier says that McLaren’s first points finish in the 2017 Formula 1 season is a morale boost for the team, but said a ninth-place finish didn't make him excited.

Azerbaijan GP: Post-race press conference

DRIVERS: Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing), Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), Lance STROLL (Williams)

Vettel plans to “sort it out” with Hamilton after Baku run-in

Sebastian Vettel says he is planning talks with Lewis Hamilton to clear the air following their clash in Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Raikkonen: Bottas crash "completely his fault"

Kimi Raikkonen put the blame squarely on compatriot Valtteri Bottas for their collision on the opening lap of Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

FIA analysis showed Hamilton did not brake-test Vettel

Stewards at F1's Azerbaijan GP found no evidence in telemetry data of Lewis Hamilton either brake-testing or lifting off unexpectedly in his clash with Sebastian Vettel before Sunday's second safety car restart.

Sainz "sacrificed" himself in Kvyat Turn 1 incident

Carlos Sainz says he "sacrificed" himself at the start of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in order not to crash into Toro Rosso teammate Daniil Kvyat.

Perez slams Force India teammate Ocon over collision

Sergio Perez says the clash that ruined Force India’s podium chances in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was “totally unacceptable for the team” – and firmly laid the blame at the door of teammate Esteban Ocon.

Stroll says criticism "just noise" to him after podium finish

Lance Stroll says he always shrugged off criticism of his performances as "just noise", after taking his maiden podium in his eighth Formula 1 start in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton says Vettel "disgraced himself" with swerve

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at F1 World Championship rival Sebastian Vettel for swerving into him under safety car conditions in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, saying it sets a bad example for F1 and future generations.

Vettel: Hamilton should have been penalised too

Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton should also have been penalised for their incident behind the safety car in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Alonso says McLaren should have won in Baku

Fernando Alonso reckons that "in normal circumstances" he should have been in a position to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Daniel Ricciardo emerged a shock winner in a remarkably chaotic Azerbaijan GP

Azerbaijan GP: Ricciardo beats Bottas and Stroll in chaotic race

Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo emerged a shock winner in a remarkably chaotic Azerbaijan GP, punctuated by a huge flare-up in the rivalry between title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

Chaotic Azerbaijan GP red-flagged due to debris on track

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix was red-flagged after 22 laps on Sunday following chaotic scenes and multiple safety car periods that had left the track strewn with debris.

F1 drivers expect crazier race in Baku

Formula 1 drivers are convinced that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be much more chaotic than the race was 12 months ago when there were hardly any incidents.

Honda: 'Spec 3' engine could be worth 0.3s

Honda believes its upgraded ‘Spec 3’ Formula 1 engine delivered more than two or three tenths of a second worth of performance at Azerbaijan’s Baku street track.

Grosjean “fed up” with negative radio message broadcasts

Haas driver Romain Grosjean has stated he is "fed up" with what he regards as a disproportionate focus by Formula 1's broadcasting on negative team radio messages from his side.

Azerbaijan GP: Post-qualifying press conference

DRIVERS: Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari)

Red Bull level or ahead of Ferrari now - Verstappen

Red Bull's recent chassis progress and latest engine update has helped lift the team level with Ferrari in overall pace terms – and even ahead of its rival – reckons Max Verstappen.

Baku "most painful weekend ever" for McLaren's Boullier

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has described the Azerbaijan GP as the "most painful weekend" that he has experienced in the sport.

Verstappen calls on Red Bull to "get on top" of problems

Max Verstappen has called on Red Bull to fix the technical gremlins that are costing him results, after losing what he believed should have been third position behind the Mercedes duo on the grid in Baku.

Hamilton says Baku pole lap was "do or die"

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton described his Azerbaijan GP pole lap as “do or die”, having overhauled teammate Valtteri Bottas at the very end of the Q3 shoot-out.

Vettel has "no doubts" Ferrari can match Mercedes' race pace

Sebastian Vettel believes that Ferrari can turn around its qualifying defeat by Mercedes in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan GP: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 66th career pole position to move into second on the all-time pole list.

Azerbaijan GP: Hamilton storms to pole as Mercedes dominates

Lewis Hamilton recovered from free practice troubles to claim a commanding pole position in qualifying for Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, beating Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes one-two.

Baku pace shows Red Bull development working - Horner

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says that Max Verstappen's strong Friday form in Baku proves that the team's development programme is paying dividends.

Azerbaijan GP: Bottas leads FP3 as Vettel, Verstappen hit trouble

Valtteri Bottas edged out Kimi Raikkonen to lead the way in final free practice for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku.

FIA changes kerbs at Baku's tricky Turn 8

The FIA has removed the plastic kerb at Baku's tight Turn 8, and replaced it with a less aggressive version.

Azerbaijan GP: Friday's press conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault), Eric BOULLIER (McLaren), Robert FERNLEY (Force India), Jock CLEAR (Ferrari), Rob SMEDLEY (Williams), Beat ZEHNDER (Sauber).

Sainz says race ban calls "ungentlemanly"

Carlos Sainz Jr. has labelled suggestions that he should be banned for his role in the first-lap crash in the Canadian Grand Prix as "ungentlemanly" and "not polite".

Perez wants Baku crash kerb changed overnight

Sergio Perez says he wants the Baku street circuit’s Turn 8 kerb to be modified ahead of Saturday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix running after a crash in Friday’s first practice session.

Honda tested 'Spec 3' engine with Alonso

Honda tested an upgraded ‘Spec 3’ engine on Fernando Alonso’s car in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as part of its efforts to lift performance.