If you’d hoped the Baku Grand Prix from Azerbaijan was going to be as exciting as qualifying, you will have been disappointed. With Kubica and Leclerc going off at the same corner, and a host of similar small errors, we thought the race would be similarly eventful. With no safety car for the first time at Baku in 4 years, it was not to be.
But it was an interesting race, nonetheless. Lewis Hamilton and Valteri Bottas going side-by-side through the first two corners gave initial signs that the two could be vying for position throughout. But Valteri Bottas lead confidently, if not dominantly. Taking only just enough out of his car and his tyres to ensure he made up for the bad-luck of last year. It was a well earned and well deserved win.
Best of the rest of Sergio Perez, who continues his habit of making the most of the opportunities that come his way. Further down the grid, the Renault Formula One Team had a difficult weekend. Daniel Ricciardo showed initial good pace and then made a bit of a schoolboy error, backing into Danil Kyvat as he tried to reverse down the escape road. McLaren also continued to show encouraging form, with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris coming home 7th and 8th respectively.
Next stop, Barcelona!