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F1 | Azerbaijan GP | Qualifying Report:Leclerc ahead of the Bulls

It's once again Ferrari on top in Baku, but the Redd Bulls keep looking fast.

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F1 | Azerbaijan GP | Qualifying Report:Leclerc ahead of the Bulls
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Charles Leclerc is the first driver to ever get two pole positions in a row at Baku! The Ferrari driver will start for the sixth time in 2022 from P1, and is surrounded by Red Bulls, as Sergio Perez shares the front row with him and Verstappen is in P3.

Best of the rest is Mercedes' George Russell and an impressive Pierre Gasly in P6, looking forward to replicate his 2021 exploits.

Q1: Everyone went out immediately at the beginning of Q1, with Lewis Hamilton mentioning in a team radio that his brake pedal was too soft.

The first lap completed was signed by McLaren's Lando Norris, but his time was immediately beaten by both the Alpine drivers. Once all drivers completed a lap, P1 was held by Max Verstappen in 1:42.938, the fastest lap so far in the weekend and the only under the 1:43s.

Before the start of the session, many mechanics were at work in the Mercedes pits, as they were trying to fix damage on the floor of both cars caused by porpoising in the earlier practise session.

WIth eight minutes to spare, Leclerc goes faster by only 0.078s, while Guanyu Zhou slots in P5 after an impressive lap in his Alfa Romeo with less than a second of gap on the Monegasque.

However, shortly after both Bulls improved their times to secure a provisional 1-2, as well as George Russell, who gets P4 ahead of Carlos Sainz.

With only four minutes in the session, Lance Stroll, while trying to get out of the relegation zone, hit the wall after running wide at Turn 7. At first the session kept going, but when he lost his front wing after hitting the walla again, the session was red flagged.

With the clock stopped at 2:30, Schumacher, Latifi, Bottas and Albon are in the relegation zone alongside the Canadian driver. On the other hand, his teammate Sebastian Vettel is safe at the moment in P5.

Fernando Alonso caused a yellow flagin the second sector by running wide, but Valtteri Bottas still managed to put in an improved lap to steap P15 from Kevin Magnussen.

Out in Q1: Schumacher, Stroll, Latifi, Albon, Magnussen.

Q2: After everyone bar Alfa Romeo completed their first attempt, it's a 1-2 Ferrari led by Carlos Sainz, as Leclerc made a mistake at Turn 15, but Red Bull isn't that far.

FIrst of the drivers out of Q3 so far is Lewis Hamilton, with only a 0.002s gap from Norris in P10.

Sebastian Vettel hit the wall in the same way Stroll did at Turn 15, but unlike the Canadian he returned to the pit lane on his own, while Sergio Perez goes fastest in 1:41.955.

The Alfa Romeo drivers completed their first attempt with only three minutes left in the session, while Hamilton will be investigated after the session for going unnecessary slow and thus impeding Norris. He then went on to sign the sixth fastest time.

Tsunoda brought up a short yellow flag in the first session due to blockage that forced him to go out. Norris went wide as well.

It's the first time rookie Guanyu Zhou outqualified his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Out in Q2: Bottas, Zhou, Ocon, Ricciardo, Norris.

Q3: Sainz is in P1 at the end of the first round of pole attempts, closely followed by his teammate Charles Leclerc, who lost time at the end of the lap due to a rear end small issue.

Perez is still ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen in P3, in spite of brushing the wall at Turn 1, with the top 4 drivers in only 0.175s.

In the second attempt, it's the Monegasque who goes fastest, with Sainz relaxing his attempt in sector 2 and Perez getting P2 over him, while Verstappen has to be satisfied with P3.

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