Valtteri Bottas had to defend his first position against teammate Lewis Hamilton to secure his second victory in the 2019 Formula 1 season in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Hamilton had a better start and managed to put pressure on Bottas from the first turn of the race, but Bottas defended well and managed to hang on to his first place.
Bottas subsequently controlled the vast majority of the race in a calm and calculated manner, and despite the efforts of his colleague’s efforts in the final parts of the race, he crossed the finish line first, about one second in front of the Englishman.
This result marks a historic moment , the German team being the first to reach four 1-2 finishes in the first four races of a season. At the same time, the advantage of the Mercedes AMG F1 Team once more grew considerably compared to their rivals Ferrari.
Sebastian Vettel had a rather complicated race, the tire management, especially during the first part of the race, was more than difficult. These difficulties together with pressure from Max Verstappen meant that the German did not have an easy race. At the end Vettel crossed the finish line in third place, almost 10 seconds behind the two Mercedes drivers and a few seconds ahead of Max Verstappen.
Max once again managed to obtain the best possible result for his team, finishing once again between the two Ferrari cars. In addition to a run in the first position, Charles Leclerc, who was on a different strategy following his qualification accident, had a split race. The Monegasque pilot went well on medium tires, but after his pitstop his rhythm almost completely disappeared.
So Leclerc finished fifth after a race where at some point it even seemed possible to fight for the victory, but a weak stint on the medium tyres towards the end of the race ruined those hopes, the Ferrari strategy, seemed to have failed again.
However, a fifth place still means important points and Leclerc, following a late tire change at the end of the race, managed to get the point for the fastest lap of the race and the vote for the “driver of the day”. The pressure on Sebastian Vettel continues to grow slowly.
Sergio Perez took the sixth place for Racing Point. A phenomenal day for the “pink panthers”, two cars in the points before the first major upgrades which are to come to the Barcelona race in 2 weeks time. The future looks very good for the new iteration of the pink cars.
McLaren also had a very good day with both cars in the point, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris ending on seven and eight places respectively, being closely followed by Lance Stroll’s Racing Point and the top 10 was completed by the Alfa Romeo of Kimi Raikkonen who had started from the pitlane.
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