Lewis Hamilton claims stunning win in thrilling Baku finish

Hamilton and Vettel

A new section of dotted lines has been added ahead of the usual solid white pit entry line after some back-and-forth over how to manage pitlane entry at the unique Baku city circuit.

Verstappen was still quicker than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, the championship leader he apologised to in China after they collided as the Red Bull was trying to overtake, who was 10th and 11th respectively. Tempers flared, with Hamilton and Vettel making contact behind the safety auto.

The win for Hamilton, wholly unexpected as he did not have the pace of the Ferrari all weekend, has moved him in front of Vettel in the world championship for the first time this season, with a four point advantage.

The 2018 Formula One season has already delivered uncertainty and drama by the bucket-load. He also arguably has the best outright packages in the SF71H and will be another strong contender in Azerbaijan.

"Last year, we were in a tough fight with Ferrari".

"Baku is different to other street circuits, because there are places where you can pass".

Lewis Hamilton: The dominant force in Formula 1 in recent memory and the reigning world champion hasn't been able to come to grips with his auto on the track.

Mercedes, meanwhile, have problems of their own going into the race in Baku, as they are yet to win this season.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be a one-stop race in normal circumstances, but the main question will be whether it is quicker to start on the ultra-soft or the super-soft. It was at the expense of Bottas however, who was leading with three laps to go when he suffered a puncture that took him out of the race.

Mexican Sergio Perez was third for Mercedes-powered Force India, 0.833 slower than Bottas, with French teammate Esteban Ocon fifth in a promising sign for a team with only one point so far this season. "More and more people can be seen in the stands from year to year", he noted. The Mexican normally drives above the car's potential and is magical when it comes to saving fuel and tires.

On race day, live coverage begins at 12:40pm. Hamilton's team leads the constructors' standings.

Former chief executive of the Formula One Group Bernie Ecclestone said that Azerbaijan is one of those countries where he never misses Grand Prix.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso picked up a puncture from the debris and had to limp to the pits while the safety vehicle was out.



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