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FIA Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2017

Round 08: Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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June 24, 2017


With significant engine penalties for both drivers, and on a circuit not best suited to the strengths of our car, today’s qualifying session was always going to be somewhat disappointing.

Fernando Alonso set the 16th-fastest time in Q1, but will start from 20th position. His team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne lines up 19th.

The team has placed extra emphasis on race performance, and with the weekend so far littered with incident, we’re hopeful of making progress in what promises to be a long and eventful race around the streets of Baku.

#FA14 MCL32-03

Q1: 1:44.334s (16th) Option tyre
  Starts 20th due to 40-place penalty  

“We did a good job today in terms of preparing for the race: we only used one set of tyres, put in low fuel and did some checks.

“We know we’re not competitive around here, but the race is going to be long and demanding. We’ve seen many mistakes from almost every driver, and we need to avoid making any of those tomorrow.

“In these kinds of grands prix, we need to try and finish the race, get some data for the team, and keep developing the car.

“We need to make sure we keep away from the walls tomorrow. Let’s also hope we can end up in the points.”

#SV2 MCL32-02

Q1: 1:45.030s (19th) Option tyre
  Starts 19th due to 35-place penalty  

“I think I was always destined to start 19th this weekend!

“There were no big surprises for us in qualifying today. Our focus this weekend has always been on the race – today doesn’t mean too much, really. We always expected to struggle a little bit around here, we’ve not been on the pace all weekend, so let’s just see what happens tomorrow.

“This is a tricky circuit – the long straights mean the brakes and tyres get cool, so the braking zones are very difficult to get right. There are definitely some opportunities to be had out on track – we’ve seen drivers going off in every session, so we’ll be looking to benefit from those.”

Eric Boullier


“This afternoon’s result was particularly disappointing – we always knew that we’d be towards the back due to the engine penalties both drivers have taken this weekend, but it’s never satisfying to be right at the back of the grid.

“Our focus has primarily been on developing a car for the race. While we wanted to go out and put on a decent performance for everyone this afternoon, we knew that the emphasis was always on tomorrow.

“We’ve seen spills and incidents in every session so far this weekend, so we’ll be aiming to capitalise on every opportunity to move up through the field. We are still racers, and we’ll be giving it everything tomorrow.”

Yusuke Hasegawa


“We expected qualifying to be a challenge today as Baku is a power-hungry circuit with long straights. It was doubly tough for everyone in the team as we knew we’d be starting at the back of the grid with penalties whatever this afternoon’s result.

“Despite this, we thought we had the potential to get in to Q2 here; therefore it was disappointing that both cars were out in the first session. We’ve reverted back to the spec-two engine after Fernando’s issue in FP2, but we saw some positive PU power improvements yesterday so I think they would have put us further up the grid.

“We will start from the back of the grid tomorrow but I’m sure that both of our talented drivers will continue to push and do their very best. Also, this is a tricky race track through narrow streets, which might give us the opportunity to capitalise on any opportunity to collect some points.”


FIA Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2017
Round 08: Azerbaijan Grand Prix Practice3
Rank Driver Team
1Valtteri BottasMercedes
2Kimi RäikkönenFerrari
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull
5Esteban OconForce India
6Max VerstappenRed Bull
7Felipe MassaWilliams
8Daniil KvyatToro Rosso
9Lance StrollWilliams
10Sergio PerezForce India
11Nico HulkenbergRenault
12Sebastian VettelFerrari
13Carlos SainzToro Rosso
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda
15Kevin MagnussenHaas
16Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Honda
17Romain GrosjeanHaas
18Marcus EricssonSauber
19Pascal WehrleinSauber
20Jolyon PalmerRenault

Rank Driver Team
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2Valtteri BottasMercedes
3Kimi RäikkönenFerrari
4Sebastian VettelFerrari
5Max VerstappenRed Bull
6Sergio PerezForce India
7Esteban OconForce India
8Lance StrollWilliams
9Felipe MassaWilliams
10Daniel RicciardoRed Bull
11Daniil KvyatToro Rosso
12Carlos SainzToro Rosso
13Kevin MagnussenHaas
14Nico HulkenbergRenault
15Pascal WehrleinSauber
16Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda
17Romain GrosjeanHaas
18Marcus EricssonSauber
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Honda

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