Ricciardo sets the pace in Baku F1 practice 

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo set the pace in Friday practice ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Red Bull impressed at the tricky Baku street circuit.

The winner of the Chinese Grand Prix last time out set a rapid pace in both 90 minute sessions, finishing second in the opening outing before topping Practice 2.

Ricciardo dominated the second session from start to finish, occupying the top spot for almost the duration of the hit out.

The Australian, who won in Baku last year, initially logged a 1:43.947s effort, before gradual improvements resulted in a 1:42.795s on ultrasoft tyres at the finish.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen emerged as Ricciardo’s nearest rival, 0.069s shy, while the sister Red Bull of Max Verstappen was third after an eventful day.

The Dutchman crashed at Turn 5 in Practice 1 resulting in damage that saw him miss the first 20 minutes of Practice 2 as his Red Bull team sought to repair the car.

He then ended the session with a suspected engine issue that saw him crawl back to the pits as the chequered flag flew.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was fourth ahead of reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton with the Silver Arrows more than half a second adrift of Ricciardo’s pace.

Hamilton did however set the fastest first sector but aborted two hot laps after mistakes.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel could only manage 11th after his best lap during his qualifying simulation was ruined by a brake lock up.

Fernando Alonso was sixth fastest for McLaren ahead of Force India’s Esteban Ocon.

The top 10 was completed by Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jnr, Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1) and Nico Hulkenberg (Renault).

New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley was 18th for Toro Rosso.

Qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is scheduled to begin at 2300 AEST on Saturday night.

Result: Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.795s 35
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m42.864s 0.069s 33
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m42.911s 0.116s 27
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m43.570s 0.775s 25
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m43.603s 0.808s 31
6 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m43.700s 0.905s 34
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m43.814s 1.019s 30
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m43.834s 1.039s 36
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m43.977s 1.182s 29
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m44.091s 1.296s 33
11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m44.127s 1.332s 38
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m44.142s 1.347s 31
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m44.425s 1.630s 27
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m44.459s 1.664s 31
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m44.712s 1.917s 39
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.940s 2.145s 30
17 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m45.007s 2.212s 33
18 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m45.051s 2.256s 36
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m45.288s 2.493s 29
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m46.042s 3.247s 9

Result: Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Practice 1

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m44.242s 26
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m44.277s 0.035s 24
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m45.075s 0.833s 26
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m45.200s 0.958s 24
5 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m45.237s 0.995s 29
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m45.559s 1.317s 11
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m46.465s 2.223s 25
8 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m46.480s 2.238s 28
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m46.492s 2.250s 18
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m46.513s 2.271s 18
11 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m46.590s 2.348s 26
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m46.747s 2.505s 32
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m46.749s 2.507s 11
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m46.856s 2.614s 23
15 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m46.861s 2.619s 10
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m46.875s 2.633s 21
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m47.073s 2.831s 21
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m47.434s 3.192s 18
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m47.967s 3.725s 21
20 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m48.741s 4.499s 11

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