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Leclerc: "Stupid" to adjust expectations based on Baku

Charles Leclerc believes it would be “stupid” for his sixth-place finish in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to change expectations in his rookie Formula 1 season.

FIA throws out Williams bid to overturn Sirotkin penalty

The FIA has dismissed the Williams Formula 1 team’s request for a review of several Azerbaijan Grand Prix incidents, and issued a 10-point response outlining its reasons why.

Sauber can be "very competitive" with low-fuel fix

The Sauber C37 Formula 1 car can be "very competitive" once the team addresses its low-fuel weakness, driver Charles Leclerc believes.

Leclerc had to ditch GP3/F2 style for F1 breakthrough

Charles Leclerc believes moving his Sauber Formula 1 car’s set-up away from his preferred driving style has helped him make an important breakthrough.

Haas needs to learn to play in F1's "big boy league"

Haas has conceded it still needs to get used to competing in Formula 1's “big boy league”, having failed to capitalise on its 2018 car's pace in the first races of the campaign.

Strategy Report: How Red Bull clash was gift to Mercedes

James Allen analyses the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and says the colliding Red Bulls cost Ferrari a likely victory in favour of Mercedes.

Baku crash suggests Red Bull favours Verstappen

Red Bull's hesitance to act before its two Formula 1 drivers crashed into each in Azerbaijan suggests the team supports Max Verstappen over Daniel Ricciardo, according this week's Motorsport Show.

New F2 car should have been delayed - Markelov

Formula 2 frontrunner Artem Markelov has hit out at the Formula 1 feeder series for not having spent more time ironing out the issues with its new-for-2018 car.

Ricciardo was “a passenger” in Baku clash – Brawn

Formula 1 sporting chief Ross Brawn believes Daniel Ricciardo was "a passenger" in his accident with Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen because of the aerodynamic rules currently in place.

Leclerc: Fighting Alonso and top teams in Baku "crazy"

Charles Leclerc says it felt "crazy" to be battling Fernando Alonso and keeping pace with drivers from leading Formula 1 teams Red Bull and Ferrari en route to his sixth-place finish in Baku.

Verstappen: No falling out with Ricciardo over Baku crash

Max Verstappen insists that his relationship with Daniel Ricciardo has not been damaged by their collision in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton says Vettel broke safety car rules in Baku

Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel broke the safety car restart rules during last Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Red Bull had discussed clash prospect before the race

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has revealed that concerns about an incident between Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo had already been discussed in the morning of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

FIA didn't know about debris Bottas hit in Baku

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting says the FIA was not made aware of the debris that cost Valtteri Bottas victory in Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Clutch issue now a safety concern, say F2 drivers

Several Formula 2 drivers have said the clutch of the championship's new car is making race starts dangerous following last weekend's Baku round.

"Different" Hamilton explains subdued podium celebrations

Lewis Hamilton says the subdued celebration following his Azerbaijan Grand Prix win was the result of being "wired differently" than other drivers.

Sirotkin perplexed stewards didn't ask him about Perez clash

Williams Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin says he was perplexed by the fact the FIA stewards did not hear him out before penalising him for his Baku race clash with Sergio Perez.

Verstappen 70% to blame for Ricciardo crash - Lauda

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda believes Max Verstappen was 70 percent to blame for the accident with Daniel Ricciardo that took both drivers out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix driver ratings

A wild race in Baku led to a wide range of ratings across the F1 field, but two drivers stood out above the rest.

Magnussen "the most dangerous" driver I've raced - Gasly

Pierre Gasly has labelled Haas rival Kevin Magnussen "the most dangerous" driver he has ever raced against following their clash in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Why sub-par Hamilton deserved his lottery win

Lewis Hamilton didn't take much delight in an Azerbaijan Grand Prix win he felt he hadn't really earned and that his unlucky Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas deserved much more. But Hamilton needn't be so hard on himself.

F1 Debrief: All you need to know from the crazy Baku GP

Good morning. Welcome to your morning Motorsport F1 Debrief from a crazy Azerbaijan Grand Prix that had controversial crashes, some late-race heartbreak and a winner who admitted it felt "a bit odd".

Hamilton delayed Baku podium to commiserate with Bottas

Azerbaijan Grand Prix victor Lewis Hamilton was late to the Baku podium because he went to tell Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas that the win should have been his.

Azerbaijan GP: Post-race press conference

DRIVERS: Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Sergio PÉREZ (Force India).

Raikkonen lucky to finish after hitting wall "at full speed"

Kimi Raikkonen has revealed he was lucky to finish Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix after hitting the wall “at full speed” in the closing stages of the race.

Perez keeps Azerbaijan Grand Prix podium

Force India Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez has kept his third-place finish in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, having escaped punishment following a stewards' investigation.

Ricciardo, Verstappen reprimanded for Baku crash

Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have both been given a reprimand by the FIA for their part in the collision that put them out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Verstappen, Ricciardo ordered to apologise at Red Bull factory

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have been ordered to Red Bull's factory so they can make a personal apology to staff over their collision in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Vettel says he "had to try" move on Bottas

Sebastian Vettel says he "had to try" to pass Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, even though it cost him a podium finish.

Sirotkin handed grid penalty for first-lap clash

Williams Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin has been penalised for his collision with Force India's Sergio Perez on the opening lap of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Marko blames both Verstappen, Ricciardo for Baku crash

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has blamed both Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo for the collision that took them out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Bottas didn’t see debris that cost him Baku win

Valtteri Bottas says he had the Azerbaijan Grand Prix “under control” until sustaining the puncture that took him out of the lead with a handful of laps remaining.

Sette Camara stripped of Baku F2 podium finish

Sergio Sette Camara has been disqualified from second place in the Formula 2 sprint race in Baku after running out of fuel.

Perez's podium in doubt amid investigation

Sergio Perez's Azerbaijan Grand Prix podium could be in jeopardy after the Force India Formula 1 driver was summoned to the stewards over improper DRS use.

Alonso: Other drivers would have "parked" with my damage

Fernando Alonso believes other drivers would have "parked their cars" had they suffered the kind of damage he had at the start of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton admits Baku win feels "a bit odd"

Lewis Hamilton admitted that his victory in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix felt a ‘bit odd’ after rivals Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas hit trouble at the end.

Azerbaijan GP: Hamilton wins crazy race as Red Bull implodes

Lewis Hamilton stole Azerbaijan Grand Prix victory from Valtteri Bottas after a safety car caused by the Red Bull drivers wiping each other out set up a dramatic finish.

Baku F2: Russell fights back to win sprint race

Mercedes Formula 1 junior George Russell recovered from his feature race misfortunes to win the F2 sprint race at Baku from 12th on the grid.

Raikkonen a threat if Ferrari rolls dice - Mercedes

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff believes that Kimi Raikkonen could still be a threat in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix despite the Ferrari driver being on the "wrong" tyre for the start of the race.

Renault drivers surprised by Force India Baku speed

Renault Formula 1 drivers Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg admit they were surprised to see Force India dominate the midfield battle in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Williams admits Baku form is no guarantee of future pace

Williams is not under the illusion it has made as much progress as its Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying performance suggests, according to chief technical officer Paddy Lowe.

Raikkonen admits Q3 error was "painful"

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted the "f***-up" that cost him pole position for Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix is "painful" and his own fault.

Hamilton: Mercedes changed "pretty much everything" on car

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes changed “pretty much everything” to transform its car’s performance after Formula 1 free practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Vettel feared Q3 error would cost him pole

Sebastian Vettel feared that he may have blown pole position on his final Q3 run at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, after making an error as he got "too excited".

Gasly: Hartley near miss "scariest moment of my career"

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly says his high-speed Q1 near miss with teammate Brendon Hartley in Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying was the "scariest moment of my career".

Azerbaijan GP: Vettel beats Mercedes duo to pole

Sebastian Vettel claimed his third consecutive Formula 1 pole position in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Russell hits out at de Vries’ “completely stupid” move

Mercedes Formula 1 junior George Russell has hit out at Nyck de Vries for a “completely stupid” passing attempt for the lead in the F2 feature race in Baku.

Azerbaijan GP: Vettel quickest in red-flagged FP3

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel set the pace in a red-flagged third free practice session for Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Drivers fear "crazy" Baku F1 race with 60km/h wind gusts

Wind gusts of almost 60km/h could make for a "crazy" Formula 1 race in Baku on Sunday, according to drivers.

FIA tweaks Baku pit entry after driver concerns

The FIA has modified the Baku Formula 1 circuit's pitlane entry after concern from drivers ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Baku F2: Albon survives chaos to take maiden win

Alexander Albon survived two safety car periods and a poor pitstop to take his maiden Formula 2 victory in a chaotic Baku feature race.

Azerbaijan GP: Key F1 tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images uncover even more technical developments and details on show in the Baku pitlane.

Why Baku is exposing Mercedes again

Mercedes hasn't won a race yet in 2018, but it has arguably had the pace in all three of the opening races if circumstances had been different. Unfortunately, this weekend in Baku looks to be its worst weekend yet.

Hamilton says Red Bull "quite a bit ahead" of Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull appears to be "quite a bit ahead" at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as he admitted that Mercedes is simply not quick enough.

Azerbaijan GP: Friday's press conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Paul MONAGHAN (Red Bull), James ALLISON (Mercedes), Mario ISOLA (Pirelli).

Verstappen explains problem at end of FP2

Max Verstappen has explained the problem his Red Bull suffered at the end of Formula 1 practice in Baku on Friday was caused by a faulty sensor.

Azerbaijan GP: Ricciardo outpaces Raikkonen by 0.069s in FP2

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo topped the second Friday practice session for Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, outpacing Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by 0.069s.

Baku F2: Albon takes pole in red-flagged session

Alexander Albon scored his maiden Formula 2 pole position at Baku in a qualifying session that was interrupted twice by red flags.

Azerbaijan GP: Bottas leads FP1 as Verstappen crashes

Valtteri Bottas topped first practice for Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix for Mercedes as Max Verstappen crashed his Red Bull during Friday's opening session.

Baku F2: Sette Camara tops hectic practice session

Carlin's Sergio Sette Camara set the pace in Formula 2 practice at Baku, which featured numerous interruptions as several drivers stopped on track.