Overall this season, the Ferrari’s have actually shown to have more speed than the Mercedes duo so far. But, after three races, Mercedes have finished 1-2 in each.
See, Ferrari keeps shooting themselves in the foot. In Bahrain, they were the class of the field only to see Sebastien Vettel spin while battling for second and Charles Leclerc have an engine problem in the closing stages while leading.
So far this weekend in Azerbaijan, they’ve been the clear cut favorites. Leclerc, was quickest in both full practice sessions and was even fastest in the opening round of qualifying on Saturday. Vettel, was second in each of the two practices himself.
But, from Q2 on, Ferrari self destructed yet again.
Leclerc became the second victim of the narrow Turn 8 section of the track as he got into the tire barriers hard at turn exit. In Q1, Robert Kubica had a similar incident bringing out a 15 minute red flag.
For Leclerc, his No. 16 Ferrari was badly damaged as it didn’t allow him to get back out for Q3. He will start 10th as a result.
Vettel, had nothing for Mercedes in Q3 leaving way to the Mercedes duo to score the 60th front row lockout for the team.
Valtteri Bottas set the quick time in the third and final round with a lap of 1:40.495-seconds in his No. 77 Mercedes. It was his second straight pole on the F1 season. His teammate Lewis Hamilton was only 0.059-seconds back in his No. 44 Mercedes. Hamilton, set a lap of 1:40.554-seconds and will look for his third straight win on the season and second straight in Baku.
Vettel (1:40.797-seconds) was 0.302-seconds back and will start third in his No. 5 Ferrari.
Max Verstappen (1:41.069-seconds) will roll off fourth in his No. 33 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda while Sergio Perez (1:41.593-seconds) rounded out the top five in his No. 11 Racing Point entry.
For Ferrari, Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be all about salvaging what could have been a promising weekend.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Starting Lineup
Row 1: Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton
Row 2: Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen
Row 3: Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat
Row 4: Lando Norris R, Kimi Raikkonen
Row 5: Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz Jr.
Row 6: Daniel Ricciardo, Alexander Albon R
Row 7: Kevin Magnussen, Lance Stroll
Row 8: Romain Grosjean, Nico Hulkenberg
Row 9: George Russell R, Antonio Giovinazzi R
Row 10: Robert Kubica, Pierre Gasly