Grand Prix of Azerbaijan of «Formula-1»: retain Vettel’s lead?

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in fotobabble team Ferrari. Archival photoGrand Prix of Azerbaijan of «Formula-1»: retain Vettel’s lead?© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

The second in the history of «Formula 1» Grand Prix of Azerbaijan kicks off on Friday, the German driver of Ferrari Sebastian Vettel will try to improve its last year’s result in Baku to make up for the result at the previous stage in Canada.

Grand Prix of Azerbaijan will take place on the streets of Baku from 23 to 25 June. After seven stages of the championship, Vettel continues to lead in the overall standings, scoring 141 points, but now his advantage over the second Briton Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is only 12 points. Closes the top three another racer Mercedes valtteri Bottas (Finland, 93 points). Russian Daniel Quat of «Toro Rosso» is in 15th place (4 points).

Work on the bugs

Six races from the start of the season, Vettel never dropped below second place, so the misses on the podium in Canada, likely hard enough blow to the ego of the German pilot. And seriously diminished the advantage over Hamilton is also unlikely to suit four-time world champion. Last season Vettel in Baku was the second, and Hamilton is already the fifth, but, as assured the Briton, last year’s errors will not allow it.

«I analyzed last year’s race, now know all the pitfalls and aware of the problems. And to repeat I don’t intend to. I feel that this year we are ready for the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan better. In General, this season especially fascinating is the fact that they are fighting for the title with another team», — quotes the words of Hamilton official website of «Formula-1».

Losing before the start

The main losers of the upcoming stage before this start will be the team’s pilots McLaren Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandorn. Both drivers will receive a fine of 15 positions each on the starting grid of the race Grand Prix of Azerbaijan: sanctions associated with the unplanned replacement of the turbochargers of the power plant Honda. After all, «the McLaren» change them for the sixth time in the season when the prescribed limit of four units each component of the power plant for the championship.

The company to the pilot «the McLaren» and got the Spanish pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz Jr., who will be fined three positions. Recall that the reason for this decision was the incident that occurred in Canada, where Sainz Jr. was faced with the pilot of «Haas» Romain Grosjean, and then crashed into «Williams» Felipe Massa.

Frankly, his team-mate Kvyat Affairs too are not the best way. Gathering in four of seven races and only four points – not the result expected by the Russians. And double fine received in Canada, add to his fighting spirit. By the way, enough negativity he has expressed in the last Grand Prix, using the expression «stupid circus», but, as stated by the pilot, the incident has been exhausted.

«We discussed the situation behind closed doors with competent people — from Charlie Whiting and Jean Todt. The conversation was straightforward, we just talked about everything. Each expressed his opinion, and we perfectly understood each other. The end of the meeting was very positive, everyone said all that was required. Now everything is fully clarified,» said Kvyat at the press conference before the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan.

The first and second free practices of the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan will be held on Friday, they start at 12:00 and 16:00 GMT. The third free practice will be held June 24 and will begin at 13:00 Moscow time, after her 16:00 GMT scheduled qualification. The race will take place on June 25 and will begin at 16:00 GMT.