Valtteri Bottas has marked himself as a serious Formula One title contender after dominating the weekend in Azerbaijan.
The Finn claimed pole position and a dominant victory on the streets of Baku to move into the driver’s championship lead ahead of Mercedes-AMG teammate Lewis Hamilton. The Brit finished in second place, to give the German team its fourth one-two finish of the season so far - a perfect score.
Hamilton made a better start that Bottas and the pair ran wheel-to-wheel for the opening two corners but Bottas snuck ahead and stayed there until the chequered flag waved.竞彩总进球算法
“This victory feels really good,” Bottas said. “When you’re starting from pole, you hope for a straightforward race – the less drama, the better it is. I didn’t have the greatest start; after the wheelspin in China I was maybe just a little too cautious. Lewis had a better start so we went side-by-side into turn one and two; it was good, respectful racing between the two of us and I’m glad I could pull up in front of him. Lewis was very quick today and was able to put on some pressure at the end of the race, so I had to make sure to not make any mistakes.”
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was a distant third ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc; who recovered to fifth after his qualifying crash.
Daniel Ricciardo’s disappointing start to the season continued, with the Australian failing to finish for the third time in four races with Renault. He was forced out after attempting to pass the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat, only to out-brake himself and run both cars down the escape road. Ricciardo then tried to reverse back onto the circuit but hit Kvyat’s stationary car, causing damage to his Renault’s rear suspension.
“It was a strange incident which forced the retirement, but it was my mistake and I’m sorry to the team and to Daniil [Kvyat],” Ricciardo conceded. “It was a bit of urgency on my behalf and I didn’t think straight for a few seconds, so I have to take that one on the chin. The team certainly deserved more today.”
WRC: Hyundai claims one-two in Argentina
Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville made a slow start to the World Rally season but has stormed into title contention with his second win in as many events. The Belgien led a Hyundai one-two with teammate Andreas Mikkelsen enjoying his best weekend of the year, surviving difficult conditions in Argentina with heavy rain creating muddy conditions.
“This is a really great feeling,” Neuville said. “The car has been absolutely perfect all weekend and I have felt comfortable, quick and in control throughout the event. We have taken some strong stage wins and shown the performance of our i20 Coupe WRC in some very challenging conditions... We have scored some important points for the championship and I am really proud of what we have achieved this weekend.”
Both Ford’s Elfyn Evans and Citroen’s Esapekka Lappi were caught out on the rough roads and crashed out in separate incidents.
Defending world champion Sebastien Ogier claimed the final podium position in his Citroen, after an intense fight with Toyota’s Kris Meeke.
Neuville now holds a 10-point advantage over Ogier in the driver’s standings.
WTCR: Another Hyundai on-two in Hungary
Far from Argentina Hyundai enjoyed another good weekend, with Gabriele Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz claiming a one-two finish in the third race of the World Touring Car Cup event in Hungary.
But it was Honda’s Nestor Girolami who was the biggest winner of the weekend, claiming both the Saturday opener and Sunday’s reverse grid race two to elevate himself into the championship lead.
Formula E: Eight from eight
Robert Frijns won the Formula E race around the streets of Paris, making it eight different winners in the first eight races of the season.
Nissan looked set for its first win of the season after locking out the front-row but Oliver Rowland crashed out in the mixed wet-dry conditions and Frijns forced his way past Sebastian Buemi into a lead he would never relinquish.
Jack Doohan makes Euro F3 debut
Second generation racer Jack Doohan got is European Formula Three season off to a competitive start in first round of the Euroformula Open series at Paul Ricard, France last weekend.
The son of five-time motorcycle world champion, Mick, claimed a pair of top 10 finishes (ninth) in both races.
Kiwi Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson leads the championship after winning the first race and claiming third in the second.