McLaren is pinning its season’s hopes on a major upgrade at next month’s Spanish Grand Prix, but the bloodletting for its poor start to the year has already begun, with the team reportedly axing one of its technical chiefs.
Neither Toro Rosso driver made it through Q1 during qualifying at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix but both were lucky to make it back to the garage uninjured after a frightening near miss at the end of the session.
Sebastian Vettel beat Lewis Hamilton to the fastest lap of the final free practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but a late-session red flag left the competitive order unclear going into qualifying.
Daniel Ricciardo is prepared to fight for victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after topping the second Friday practice session, but the Australian is prepared to lose his pace advantage in qualifying.
Daniel Ricciardo put Red Bull Racing atop the Friday free practice timesheet in Azerbaijan, pipping Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by less than a tenth of a second. The Australian captured the fastest lap just 15 minutes into the session with the supersoft tire and remained in control through the qualifying simulation runs on ultrasoft rubber.