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F1 Azerbaijan GP: Verstappen leads Baku FP1 as Perez crashes out

23 Juin 2017

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo unexpectedly led the way in Practice One for the Azerbaijan GP - but Force India's Sergio Perez crashed heavily at Baku's iconic castle chicane. The Formula One Grand Prix of Europe will be held on Sunday.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel on the Soft compound tyre finished third on 1:44.967, with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in fifth and sixth respectively behind Perez in fourth.

He escaped unscathed after crashing against the external wall at a narrow section at Turn Eight, although his vehicle lost its rear right wheel and Force India mechanics may struggle to get him back on the track before the second practice session on Friday afternoon.

The 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) Baku circuit, which glides through the city's medieval walls and passes the Caspian sea, has F1's fastest top speed and is also one of the trickiest.

Spectaculaire accident après un accrochage avec un motard
Mardi, un violent accrochage a eu lieu sur l'autoroute qui passe à proximité de la ville de Santa Clarita (Californie). Selon le Los Angeles Times , ce dernier a été transporté à l'hôpital mais ne souffre d'aucune lésion grave.

Hamilton, meanwhile, seemed to get stuck in traffic and with many cars out on track pushing hard it was hard for him to get any room to set a quick time.

The Mexican driver escaped unhurt but the damage caused to his auto may prevent him from taking part in the second practice session of the day.

With 20 minutes left, the red flag halted the session after Perez mangled both wheels on the right side of his auto snaking through into a tight Turn 8.

Up until that point Perez, who starred in Baku's inaugural race a year ago en route to the podium, was setting an impressive pace again - so much so that still ended with the fourth-quickest lap of the session.