F1 LIVE: Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice times and latest updates with Lewis Hamilton wary of improvements

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Follow the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix live updates as the first day of practice starts in Baku. Defending champion Max Verstappen has warned he has “unfinished business” in Azerbaijan after he was denied victory in a chaotic race last season. It’s an ominous sign for the rest of the grid as Red Bull hits the street circuit on a run of four straight wins, following Sergio Perez’s victory at the Monaco GP last time.

Ferrari and Mercedes are under pressure to respond and the first two practice sessions will offer clues as to who can challenge Red Bull this weekend. Charles Leclerc has been without a win for two months but is in brilliant form in qualifying with three consecutive pole positions, while Lewis Hamilton is hoping Mercedes will finally solve its porpoising problems. It has been alleged that Red Bull fears the “dangerous” potential of the Mercedes car, but Verstappen remains the favorite as he looks to extend Red Bull’s run.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Baku, we have some unfinished business there after last year,” said Verstappen. “It’s a tricky track with big braking zones and a tight exit, finding the best set-up for the car will be difficult in terms of getting the right wing level. It will also be interesting to see if we can improve our performance on one lap into qualifying as we are missing a bit.” Follow the Azerbaijan Grand Prix live updates below:

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1) Verstappen (M) 1:46,932

Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 12:20

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Nicholas Latifi is out in a cloud of lightning. “The car died, the car died”, says the Williams driver, as he becomes the second victim of FP1 and triggers the second VSC of the session.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 12:18

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Verstappen lights the first two sectors in purple and then sets the fastest time so far – while Hamilton funds the breakout area after exiting a corner.

“The wind is insane,” reports Verstappen. Leclerc then places himself between Verstappen and Perez with his first lap on the hards. Replays show that his Ferrari was inches from the wall on that lap.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 12:15

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Schumacher is off track after suffering a major leak from his Haas car.

“Mick, we need to stop the car, stop the car.”

Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 12:09

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Verstappen and Perez leave with mediums and lead the standings, with the defending champion scoring 1:48.574 ahead

Vettel reports “a lot of wandering down the straights with the steering.”

Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 12:07

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Clocks strike the hours and FP1 is underway in Baku. Lewis Hamilton goes straight out, with Mercedes being one of seven teams with wing upgrades this weekend.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 12:01

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Hamilton in Brad Pitt’s F1 movie, Brazilian citizenship

Lewis Hamilton says it’s “super exciting” to be involved in the production of an F1 movie that will star Brad Pitt. “I can’t say much, but it’s a really cool project. We’re working on the script and I’ve been spending time with Brad, which has been pretty epic. Something I take on is making sure the cast and crew are diverse. It’s about showing how good this sport is while keeping the true racing spirit in the race.”

Hamilton also reacted after he was made an honorary citizen of Brazil on Thursday, when the lower house of parliament passed a bill on the matter. The measure had been proposed by deputy André Figueiredo after the Brazilian Grand Prix last year, in which the British driver unfurled the Brazilian flag after winning at the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo.

“It’s very surreal,” Hamilton said. “I was surprised when I found out yesterday. Brazil has always been a place that I have loved and admired. I had an amazing time there, winning my first title there, the epic win last season. My biggest followers are in Brazil and I can’t wait to spend more time there.”

Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 11:55 am

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When is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice?

The first session will begin at 12pm BST on Friday, June 10th. It will last one hour and will be followed by the second session at 15:00.

It will air live on Sky Sports F1, with live coverage of FP1 from 11:30am. FP2 coverage will begin at 2:45 pm. If you’re not a Sky customer, you can buy a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content. This income helps fund journalism at The Independent.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 11:45 am

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Lewis Hamilton responds to Mercedes optimism

Lewis Hamilton is asked about the positive mood around Mercedes at this weekend’s Azerbaijan GP: “Where does that feeling come from?” he responds with a smile. “I love that, a positive collective atmosphere. I hope it’s not as bumpy as Monaco, but we’ll see today. It might be smoother today.”

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Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 11:34 am

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Charles Leclerc confident Ferrari solved Monaco’s ‘mistakes’

Charles Leclerc, who was on pole here last season: “We learned a lot from Monaco. In Monaco there was a lot to analyze because we made some mistakes. We found the reasons, I won’t go into details, but I think we have the answers we were looking for. We will not see a repeat of these mistakes. If we do everything perfectly, I think we can have a good weekend.

“I think everyone will have low downforce here. We will have to see today what our weaknesses are here. I think we are lacking in straight line speed compared to Red Bull. Last year, we qualified out of position. This year we have a more competitive car. Hopefully, if we get pole position on Saturday, we can keep it for the race.”

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Jamie BraidwoodJune 10, 2022 11:29 am

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