Bottas tops final Azerbaijan practice, Vettel suffers problems

"I was so on it - Q1, Q2, then Q3 I made that one little mistake and I was so frustrated I had made that mistake and the red flag came out when I was up again on my next lap and I was thinking "there is no way I was going to be able to do it on the first lap". It was a lot of pressure.

'I saw Valtteri up ahead and knew he was doing a good lap. After that break, all drivers had time for just one fast lap. "This morning didn't help but it's not an excuse. As a team, we got what we could", said Vettel, the championship leader. "It was important to get the lap in and make the jump to fourth".

"The lap, in the end, wasn't quite flawless, I was struggling the front left temperature and Lewis then did his lap! I managed to put it all together when it mattered and have the team to thank". We were quite lost on Friday but we made some changes and turned the weekend around.

Sainz qualified in 12th place but will start from 15th due to a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision at the start of the Canadian Grand Prix, promoting Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg and Pascal Wehrlein to 12th, 13th and 14th respectively on the grid tomorrow. "Still not flawless, and I think that if you can switch them on, you can go a lot faster".

"Luckily the last set was a better feeling".

"And it was not plain sailing at all, but I tell you, a lot of thinking, digging back to the factory, forward and whatsoever and, in the end, the improvements they did - the engineers - and all the mechanics did to the auto today is outstanding". In the race, with more laps, the tyres should start working better.

"The result is Ok but I'm not entirely happy", he said.


"Obviously it's better than where I was before". I think I had the rhythm at the end but just didn't get everything right. There was no other reason, I was just pushing hard and on the edge of the grip. The vehicle has been fast during the races and that was the case yesterday too, on the long-runs. So, let's see what happens.

Nineteen drivers took part in the F1 qualifying session. But my Q3 was not ideal. The red flags were immediately deployed and the clock stopped with three minutes and 33 seconds remaining. The German was very disappointed and frustrated after the qualifiers. "I thought once I matched him maybe it would fade, but I was hungrier than ever".

The fight at the front looked close with Ferrari and Red Bull in practice, but Mercedes enjoyed a large advantage over its F1 competition when it came to qualifying. "It would be great to get on the podium and that is the goal".

Ricciardo completed the top ten, unable to continue in the session after his contact with the wall.

And there was more familiarity between wall and auto for some drivers.

"That is what drives me". The wall kind of comes back round a bit so I hit it. After the contenders starting coming through it was the Mercedes pairing that took one and two, with Bottas leading the way initially.

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