February 5, 2023

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4 in a row!  Charles Leclerc takes first place in Baku |  Formula 1

4 in a row! Charles Leclerc takes first place in Baku | Formula 1

Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) once again showed in Q1 that there is no margin for error at the Baku Street circuit. The Canadian smashed his right front side, and teammate Sebastian Vettel later also wasn’t standing with his nose against the wall.

The competition was forewarned, but title contenders Ferrari and Red Bull did not proceed with greater caution. Verstappen and Perez scraped the side of their tires against the wall, looking for a millisecond.

Q2 and Q3 became a cat-and-mouse game, with Carlos Sainz setting the best time indeed. But teammate Leclerc is still living on some frustrations from past races. After 3 straight first places without a win, Monegask wants to win his fine again in Baku.

Leclerc He had a great lap time outside his Ferrari and beat the Red Bulls. He won’t have Max Verstappen by his side in the front row tomorrow, but Sergio Perez will. The Mexican is raising more doubts that he can still play an important role in the World Cup battle.

World Cup leader Verstappen has to come to terms with the second row, alongside Carlos Sainz. George Russell (5th) was again faster than seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (7th).

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