F1: Mercedes-AMG Bag 4th Straight 1-2 Finish in Baku
Team Mercedes-AMG earned its fourth 1-2 finish in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix over the weekend.
Teammates Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton bagged the top two podiums respectively despite the circuit’s nootorously tricky track layout.
This top podium finish from Bottas gives him his fifth Formula 1 victory.
Last year, Bottas failed to secure the top spot after he suffered a late-race puncture on the same track.
Season leader Bottas, who won his second pole position for the season, said that the race was tough and Hamilton was putting the pressure that led to their victory.
“It was actually a tough race, even though maybe not much was happening at the front. Obviously, Lewis was putting pressure all the time, so I could not do any mistake. But honestly, everything was under control so I’m happy to see the chequered flag and get this first place,:” Bottas said.
Hamilton, in the post-race press conference, credited the fourth team front row lockout on team effort.
“It’s a team effort. Everyone back at the factory has been working non-stop every year. Every year they come back more hungry for success and it’s a true testament to strength and depth within the team. So really proud of everyone and really great to be a part of it. It was a really great race. For once we’ve been able to push the whole way. It’s pretty cool,” Hamilton said.
Trailing the two were Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel, who completed the podium.
Coming at fourth and fifth spots were Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing (17.493) and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari (1’09.107).
Placing sixth to 10th were as follows:
6th – Sergio Perez – Racing Point – 1’16.416
7th – Carlos Sainz – McLaren – 1’23.826
8th – Lando Norris – McLaren – 1’40.268
9th – Lance Stroll – Racing Point – 1’43.816
10th – Kimi Raikkonen – Alfa Romeo – 1 Lap