Red Bull duo lead FP1 in Baku

Baku First Practice 1 Report
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Max Verstappen topped the first practice session in Baku this morning, edging out Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo by four tenths of a second.

The Dutch driver clocked in with a 1:44.410, looking very confident around the treacherous street circuit, with low grip levels throwing a challenge the drivers' way.

But both Red Bull drivers were spared any drama and made the most of the difficult conditions.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel ended up third, half a second down from Verstappen, with Force India's Sergio Perez in fourth.

The Mexican's session ended abruptly however when he clipped a barrier, prompting a red flag and inflicting substantial damage to the right side of his Force India.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas ended the morning fifth and sixth following a low-profile but studious session.

Esteban Ocon, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top ten.

Free practice 1 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:44.410s 19
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:44.880s + 0.470s 22
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.967s + 0.557s 20
4 Sergio Pérez Force India 1:45.398s + 0.988s 16
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:45.497s + 1.087s 16
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:45.737s + 1.327s 19
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:45.752s + 1.342s 24
8 Felipe Massa Williams 1:45.968s + 1.558s 25
9 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:46.000s + 1.590s 18
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:46.617s + 2.207s 11
11 Lance Stroll Williams 1:46.649s + 2.239s 28
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:46.721s + 2.311s 23
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:46.837s + 2.427s 22
14 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:47.217s + 2.807s 21
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:47.446s + 3.036s 22
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:47.501s + 3.091s 13
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:47.551s + 3.141s 20
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:48.525s + 4.115s 15
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:49.048s + 4.638s 19
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:49.937s + 5.527s 21

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