Best time for Sergio Perez in the first training session in Baku! The Red Bull driver drove in Azerbaijan in 1:45.476 minutes the fastest lap. The Mexican was just ahead of Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc (+0.127 seconds). World Champion Max Verstappen was third in the second Red Bull (+0.334), Carlos Sainz finished fourth in his Ferrari (+0.536).
For the first time this season, a Red Bull car celebrates a best time in the first practice session. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) was fifth, one second behind and just ahead of record world champion Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. The second session on the extremely unsettled and difficult street circuit followed in the afternoon. Before the eighth of 22 races of the season, a three-way battle is looming in the world championship. The reigning world champion Verstappen currently leads with 125 points ahead of Leclerc (116) and Perez (110).
Mick Schumacher struggled with problems again. The son of record world champion Michael Schumacher had to park his car at the side of the track after less than ten minutes after a water leak, the racing team located a possible fault in the compressed air system. The Haas driver (23) is still waiting for his first point win after 28 races in the premier class. Most recently, he caused a stir with several accidents in Monaco, Saudi Arabia, Miami and Bahrain.