Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Lewis Hamilton claimed a dramatic victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix claiming his first win of the season having started the race from second place on the grid.
Sebastian Vettel who started from pole position looked absolutely dominant and was looking on target to win the race however he was overtaken by Valtteri Bottas after Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen clashed and retired from the race bringing out the safety car and while the safety car was out the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean hit the wall.
Vettel locked up allowing Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton and his team mate Kimi Raikkonen to overtake him.
Raikkonen finished the race in second behind Hamilton despite being hit by Esteban Ocon on the opening lap forcing him to pit for a new front wing but the Iceman kept his cool making his way back to the front of the field.
It was a great race for Sahara Force India’s Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez as the Mexican scored the Silverstone based outfit’s first podium finish of the season in third place just ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Carlos Sainz scored his best result of the season so far finishing the race in fifth place for the Renault Sport F1 Team. It was a sensational drive by the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Charles LeClerc as he came home in sixth place just ahead of McLaren Renault’s Fernando Alonso while Lance Stroll picked up Williams Martini Racing’s first points of the season coming home in eighth place just ahead of McLaren Renault’s Stoffel Vandoorne while Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley scored his first Formula One points rounding out the top ten.
Marcus Ericsson ended the race in 11th place for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team while Pierre Gasly ended the race in 12th place with Kevin Magnussen completing the order in 13th place.
Valtteri Bottas looked set to win the race but was left deflated after running over debris causing a puncture and retiring from the race.
Both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing drivers went out of the race in dramatic fashion. The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg had a great race until he was forced to retire from the race. Williams Martini Racing’s Sergey Sirotkin completed the retirements.