Reigning world champion and race winner last time in Canada Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the morning session as track action officially got underway at the new Baku circuit in Azerbaijan on Friday morning. Hamilton completed 23 laps with a fastest time of 01:46.435s and ended up just ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas made it three Mercedes powered cars in the top three with a 01:47.096s ending the session just ahead of McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso who did a great job for the Woking based outfit ending the session in fourth place with a 01:47.989s ending the morning just ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez was fifth fastest for the Sahara Force India Formula One Team just ahead of Jenson Button in the second McLaren. Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa was eighth fastest just ahead of Carlos Sainz in the Toro Rosso while Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top ten with a time of 01:49.301s.
Romain Grosjean was 11th fastest for the Haas F1 Team just ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who set a fastest time of 01:49.635s just ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo who was the first driver to brush the wall this weekend. The Australian set a fastest time 01:49.778s and ended the morning just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Esteban Gutierrez. Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber and Max Verstappen ended the morning session in 14th and 15th place respectively, Verstappen ending up just one place ahead of Daniil Kvyat the man he replaced at Red Bull Racing.
The Renault Sport F1 Team duo of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen ended the session in 18th and 19th place just ahead of Manor Racing’s Pasal Wehrlein and the Sauber F1 Team’s Felipe Nasr. Rio Haryanto in the second Manor rounded out the order in 22nd place.