Leclerc And Perez Top The Timesheets During Azerbaijan Grand Prix Practice

Written By Nicole Russo on June 10, 2022
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Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, the 2021 winner of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, topped the timesheets during the first F1 practice session on Friday. Charles Leclerc was able to take the lead during FP2, gaining almost a quarter of a second on the Red Bull driver.

And while Max Verstappen may have come in third during each F1 practice, he still sits atop most Formula 1 odds boards for the race on Sunday.

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Charles Leclerc
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Sergio Perez
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Carlos Sainz
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Lando Norris
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Leclerc And Perez Lead Azerbaijan Grand Prix Practice Sessions

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez continued to build off the momentum from his Monaco Grand Prix win by securing the fastest lap time during FP1 in Azerbaijan.

Max Verstappen set the early pace on medium tires during FP1 with 1:46.477. He then switched to softs and lowered the time to 1:45.810.

By the time Perez made the switch to soft tires, he set and kept the fastest time of 1:45.476.

Verstappen seemed to have difficulty once again with his DRS flap, causing him to spin out in Turn 15. This isn’t the first time the team has had issues with this part of his car. In Spain, Verstappen couldn’t get his DRS flap to open to allow him to overtake the cars in front of him.

Red Bull has acknowledged how important this system will be in Baku, with long main straights providing prime overtaking opportunities.

Paul Monaghan, Red Bull’s chief engineer, said previously that the DRS problem has been solved, but it looks like that might not be the case.

Red Bull will be trying its hardest to keep Ferrari behind them in both the race and the Constructor’s Championship standings, but Leclerc is hungry to regain that top spot.

During FP2, all teams ran on mediums to start. Leclerc set the pace with 1:43.806 and then set the bar once again with 1:43.224 on softs.

Sainz looked to be on a potentially faster lap but locked up on Turn 16 and ruined his time.

Cars Bring Upgrades To Baku

Seven teams announced they are bringing upgrades to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Most revisions are to try and improve straight-line speed.

The format of this track makes high speed extremely important. You will see new rear wings on many of the cars aimed at reducing drag and bumping up speed.

Red Bull has decided to use a rear wing it has previously used before, which may hamper their performance in qualifying if they can’t fix the issues Verstappen had during F1 practice.

This circuit layout should favor Red Bull, but the car has to be working at 100%.

Ferrari is using a rear wing they brought to Miami but decided not to use. The rear wing on its cars this weekend is made specifically to adapt to the circuit’s layout and efficiency requirements. So far, the upgrade seems to be working.

We will know for sure the impact of all of these decisions during qualifying tomorrow morning.

Watch The Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Date: Sunday, June 12

Time: 7 am ET

Network: ESPN

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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