Damper failure cost Massa Baku win, reckons Lowe

Massa had risen up to third, having started ninth, when the race was red-flagged due to a large amount debris around the Baku F1 street circuit. But when the race resumed, Massa was passed by eventual race winner Daniel Ricciardo and then rapidly fell down the order before retiring the car. “It was a failure of part of our damping system, it had locked the rear suspension solid, at a … Keep reading

Verstappen gutted by Baku exit, makes simulator joke over engine

Verstappen was speaking publicly for the first time since his second straight retirement from a frontrunning position, and his third of the season for technical reasons, via Skype on the Dutch TV show Peptalk.“During the race I wasn’t thinking about [reliability concerns] and then suddenly I had a problem again,” he said. “It’s really gutting to drop out again when you’re in such a … Keep reading

Ferrari doesn't want war of words with Mercedes

Both Mercedes and Ferrari drivers collided in the Baku race – with Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen coming together on the opening lap, and Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel coming to blows behind the safety carBut despite some strong words from Mercedes’ drivers and team management bout what happened, Ferrari has said it has more important things to do than discuss what … Keep reading

Wolff wants to hear Vettel's side on Baku Hamilton incident

Vettel was handed a 10-second stop-go penalty, plus three penalty points on his licence, for being deemed to have driven in a potentially dangerous manner when he swerved into Hamilton ahead of a safety car restart.The Ferrari driver claimed that the clash came as he waved his fist in fury, after feeling that Hamilton had brake tested him in a bid to keep him at bay ahead of a safety … Keep reading

Analysis: How Ricciardo navigated Baku chaos to win from 17th

Daniel Ricciardo wasn’t supposed to win the Azerbaijan GP.A crash in Q3 demoted him to the bottom of the top 10 on the grid, and then just five laps into the race debris caught in a brake duct forced him into a premature pitstop.He emerged on the lesser-fancied soft tyres in 17th place, with 46 laps to run. Things were looking pretty dire.And yet, when the chequered flag fell at the … Keep reading

Boullier: First points of 2017 nothing to get excited about

Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished ninth and 12thin Baku respectively, both drivers completing the race without mechanical woes, albeit the Belgian losing time with an extra late tyre stop.”The team did a great job and the drivers did very well to try to get the best out of it,” Boullier told Motorsport.com.”Fernando was obviously in a good position. He got excited, and … Keep reading

Azerbaijan GP: Issue #11 of GP Gazette now online

Straight from the paddock, we give you an all-encompassing account of all the action from the race weekend, plus compelling interviews with the sport’s star names.The Azerbaijan GP was a bizarre affair, with Sebastian Vettel struck with a case of road rage and Lewis Hamilton undone by a loose head rest. That left qualifying crasher Ricciardo free to take a true against-the-odds win on … Keep reading

Raikkonen: Bottas crash “completely his fault”

The accident occurred when Ferrari driver Raikkonen tried to pass second-placed Bottas round the outside of Turn 2, after the Mercedes man had suffered wheelspin heading out of the first corner.Bottas tried to maintain position, sticking to the inside line, but he bounced over the kerb, sending him into Raikkonen, and that led to the Ferrari making contact with the wall.As a result … Keep reading