Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Bottas leads Mercedes to dominant 1-2

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Valtteri Bottas powered to victory in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Round 4 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Baku City Circuit – heading home his teammate Lewis Hamilton to score a fourth one-two in a row.

Stalemate pretty much sums up the Battle of Baku, Bottas and Hamilton went wheel-to-wheel through the opening lap but Bottas Reloaded edged ahead and thereafter set the pace claim his fifth career F1 win.

Whatever Ferrari threw at the World Champs they simply absorbed and again stamped their authority on the grand prix. And credit to the Silver Arrows for allowing Hamilton to pressure Bottas all the way to the flag.

Sebastian Vettel salvaged third for Ferrari at a race where the Reds arrived as favourites only to depart with their tales between their legs. Underachieving again.

Next up was Max Verstappen, fourth in the Red Bull and looking bullish for a podium until the SC intervened and messed up the maths.

Charles Leclerc was the joker in the pack, starting with the harder tyre from eighth on the grid to finish fifth, leading at some point but Ferrari kept him out far too long, they pitted him late for a stab at fastest lap which he took.

Surprisingly, despite the notorious layout of Baku Street Circuit, the early laps were bent metal free.

The first incident happened when Daniel Ricciardo out-braked himself when trying to overtake Daniil Kvyat, the Renault went straight and Kvyat had no option but to turn late to avoid contact.

The Toro Rosso could not turn back onto the track while the Renault driver reversed and clattered into Kvyat. The pair DNfed a little later.

A virtual safety car was deployed late in the race when Pierre Gasly coasted to a halt with a technical issue. Around the same time, Romain Grosjean parked the Haas with brake issues.

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HAM240
NOR122
OCO92
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