Azerbaijan GP: Bottas leads Mercedes to fourth 1-2 of the year

Valterri Bottas showed that his Australian GP triumph was more than just a flash in the pan as the Finn stormed to his second win of the year and ahead of Lewis Hamilton, giving Mercedes their fourth 1-2 of the year.

The Mercedes duo gave eachother room on the opening lap, but the Finn was determined to rewrite the heartbreak of last year where a last lap puncture robbed him of a victory.

Hamilton was able to challenge in the closing laps, but was unable to lap fast enough to have a chance to get past.

Sebastian Vettel rounded off the podium in another weekend that Ferrari had to settle for being second best.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fourth, another race in which the Dutchman proved the capability of the Red Bull to get amongst Mercedes and Ferrari.

In fifth, Charles Leclerc made the decision to pit for soft tyres in the final three laps, setting the fastest lap of the race.

The Monagasque driver was some thirty seconds off the lead before making the decision, adding to the difficulties of missing out on Q3 yesterday.

Sergio Perez proved his metal round in Baku again, the Racing Point driver finishing in sixth place.

McLaren scored their best result of the season, with Carlos Sainz in seventh ahead of Lando Norris in eighth.

The second Racing Point car of Lance Stroll scored his second ninth place finish of the year ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen taking his fourth consecutive points finish of 2019.

The weekend will ultimately be remembered for Ferrari throwing away their opportunity to challenge Mercedes as early as Q2, by running the medium tyres as the evening drew in. Leclerc crashing at the tricky T8 and Vettel lucky to scrape through to the final qualifying section.

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