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Amid a capacity crisis at animal shelters, Cy-Fair librarians are taking action to save homeless cats. Here's how you can help.

Adopt A Cat Month is coming to LSC-CyFair. (Author: Gardener)

Cy-FairLSC CyFair Librarian Regina Vitolo hosts Adopt A Cat Month at the library, teaching all ages how to help stray cats in need. LSC CyFair Librarian Regina Vitolo hosts Adopt A Cat Month at the library, teaching all ages how to help stray cats in need. LSC CyFair Librarian Regina Vitolo hosts Adopt A Cat Month at the library, teaching all ages how to help stray cats in need. LSC CyFair Librarian Regina Vitolo hosts Adopt A Cat Month at the library, teaching all ages how to help stray cats in need. Though pet adoptions in the Houston area skyrocketed early in the pandemic, rescue organizations and animal shelters are now seeing greater numbers of stray kittens and cats, as well as abandoned animals. This month, the Lone Star College-CyFair strives to bring cat lovers into the shelters, either as a volunteer, potential foster carer, or adopter looking for their own pet. On HoustonChronicle.com: Houston is in the midst of a stray animal crisis, and local animal rescue services are feeling the brunt of it Adopt-A-Cat Month program at LSC-CyFair's library at 9191 Barker Cypress Rd. in Cypress brings a month of events , which will focus on saving the stray cat population, training volunteers and showcasing adoptable cats from Special Pals and Purr Paws Rescue, two animal rescues in the area. Regina Vitolo, LSC CyFair Librarian, launched the Adopt-A-Cat event in 2017 to raise awareness of stray cats and works with cat cafe El Gato in The Heights. "We started filming Crafting with Kitties videos there and the goal was to feature the adoptable kittens in El Gato in our virtual program since most people don't leave their homes," Vitolo said. I reached out to Special Pals and they loved the idea of ​​a partnership and filmed Crafting with the Kitties videos to show off their adoptable kittens. LSC-CyFair's Adopt-A-Cat Month event is taking place in-person for the first time since 2019. Vitolo said she wants the month's programs to inspire community members, students and faculty to adopt, promote and help rescues through volunteering or donation. The goal is to make LSC-CyFair's library a resource center for stray cat rescue and care. "We want to offer them some enrichment and help them figure out how to become foster parents and start volunteering and help them have that experience," Vitolo said. "All cat programming really serves to introduce the idea of ​​human parenting in general, compassion for animals and how that affects how we treat each other as humans." Katy Heerssen, director of development and marketing at Special Pals, said the Partnering with LSC-CyFair is a blessing, with the chance to recruit potential volunteers and adopt cats and kittens. Adopters and foster carers are needed because summer has a high birth rate for stray cats, she said. Special pal cats up for adoption will be featured at the Cat Cafe event and in upcoming Caturday videos, Heerssen said. Volunteers are needed as organizations like Special Pals and Purr Paws seek foster care for pets before they can be put up for adoption. Foster parents can help mother cats raise their kittens until they can survive on their own, or bottle-feed baby kittens without mothers. All that Special Pals foster parents need is a good home and a love for cats. We have the food and equipment they need if they decide to become a bottle nurse," Heerssen said. "Experience is great, but we also offer training and a really big network of people to join you in the adventure of caring for cats and kittens." Other activities for Adopt-A-Cat Month at the LSC-CyFair- Libraries include learning about TNR - Trap, Neuter, Return - which helps humanely reduce the cat population through spaying and spaying. Vitolo hopes people will leave the month-long celebration not only with an appreciation for cats, but also a will to do more for their health and well-being as the number of stray cats increases every day. "Volunteer-led rescue operations and shelters are overwhelmed," Vitolo said. “They are burned out from this surge in stray and abandoned animals. To donate to Special Pals or find other ways to volunteer, visit specialpals.org. For more information on how you can help Purr Paws Rescue, visit www.purrpawsrescue.org. To put pets up for adoption, visit www.petango.com.

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Britney Spears shares the first video from her wedding to Sam Asghari

Britney Spears posted a beautiful video montage from her lavish wedding to Sam Asghari on Thursday night. (Author: Gardener)

Sam AsghariBritney Spears finally tied the knot with her longtime partner Sam Asghari, 28, on the evening of June 9, 2022. The 40-year-old singer and her boyfriend have been going strong since they linked in 2016, but their love follows a string of short-lived romances for the pop superstar. Below is a history of Britney's relationships dating back to her earliest days as an aspiring artist. Britney got her first official boyfriend, Reg Jones, when she was only 14 and he was 17. In Lynne Spears' 2008 memoir Through The Storm, Britney's mother claimed that it was actually Jones that her daughter lost her virginity to, not her future boyfriend Justin Timberlake. Britney's first serious relationship was with her former Mickey Mouse Club co-star Justin Timberlake, who was then part of NSYNC. Following their split in 2002, the singer publicly blamed Spears for their split and used his "heartbreak" to promote his music. A double was also used to portray Spears in his video for "Cry Me A River," which fans took to be a breakup song about their relationship. Timberlake later wrote in a candid apology that he was "deeply sorry" and would "take responsibility" by admitting that he "let her down" after their relationship following the release of documentaries dealing with Spears' custody had come under renewed scrutiny. Following her split from Timberlake, the Toxic singer reportedly moved on with choreographer Wade Robson, who worked for both her and Justin's group NSYNC. Though it was never confirmed by either trio, it was rumored at the time that Wade was the real reason Justin and Britney split. However, their relationship was short-lived and Britney and Wade had broken up within a year. After Robson split, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst claimed he dated Britney, though she denied they ever had a relationship. The pair spent time together while working on songs for Britney's new album. Britney was also reported to have been dating Jared Leto around this time, but he never confirmed the alleged romance and she denied they ever dated. The dating rumors began after fans theorized that Spears was after Leto because he was Cameron Diaz's ex and Diaz was dating Spears' ex Timberlake at the time. Something was clearly going on between Britney and actor Colin Farrell in 2003 when they kissed at the premiere of his film The Recruit, where they also walked the red carpet. However, he shrugged and said he was "just a 26-year-old guy who's single and having a good time". While their affair may have only lasted a week, Farrell commemorated their relationship by sending Spears a t-shirt that read, "I slept with Colin Farrell and all I got was this lousy t-shirt." Britney was with her own organization when she teamed up with her backup dance Columbus Short in 2003. Short, who later starred in Scandal, later claimed he overheard Spears' parents Lynne and Jamie Spears addressing him with the N-word when it was she on the speakerphone with them, although he did not specify who said it, and both denied using the word. Britney's first (brief) marriage was to Jason Alexander, who had been her childhood friend. The couple married on a whim in the early hours of the morning on January 3, 2004 during a ceremony at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were both 22 years old at the time. Their marriage was annulled 55 hours later, which Alexander later claimed was coerced by Britney's mother Lynne and Britney's management. After the annulment, Spears said in an interview, "I was goofy, rebellious." But 18 years after their reunion, Alexander doesn't seem to have lost his feelings for Spears because just hours before she was due to wed her longtime partner Sam Asghari, 28, Alexander broke into the premises of their home to crash the wedding bring . Britney's first husband Jason Alexander has been jailed after dramatically live-streaming himself crashing their wedding at their Thousand Oaks mansion. Jason is now in the custody of the Ventura Sheriff's Department after being charged with trespassing, vandalism and two counts of battery following some altercations with Britney's security guards. Minutes before he was arrested, Alexander managed to Instagram himself as he ran through the hilltop paths as he approached the back of Spears' home. The 40-year-old was able to easily scale a fence, descend a rocky slope and slip into the wedding site, all the while telling security exactly who he was and why he was there - just hours before the fairytale ceremony took place on road. On Thursday night, Spears' attorney revealed he was "absolutely furious" after Alexander crashed the pop star's wedding venue and demanded that he be locked up. The singer's next relationship also resulted in a marriage. Spears quickly burst onto the dating scene after her divorce when she hooked up with music producer J. Following their affair, Rotem shocked with a graphic kiss and narrated an interview, rudely proclaiming, "I fucked Britney wheelbarrow style — it was tractor style. ' Reflecting on their union, Rotem later said, 'It was kind of a silly phase where I wouldn't say I'm a bad person, but I would say I'm not very honest about what I do am and what I should do.” In the same year as her affair with Rotem, Spears began dating male model Isaac Cohen. At the time, her fans noted that Cohen noted that she only looked like her ex-husband Kevin, but he even favored clothing similar to the dancer. Their split was described as "amicable" and Cohen later said of their relationship: "When I met Britney she was burnt out. Life & Style reported at the time that Britney's mother, Lynne, was worried about the relationship, which didn't last long. Spears' second husband K Fed also disagreed with the relationship, branding Day "garbage" and adding that Britney "had to go to the dump" to meet Day during rehab. The pop star shocked her fans and family when she started dating paparazzi Adnan Ghalib in 2007, despite him long chasing her for the perfect photo. Ghalib claimed in 2008 he had a sextape with Spears in an apparent attempt to poke around it, although he later claimed his statements were fabricated, according to The Daily Beast. Britney's father Jamie successfully won an injunction to keep Ghalib away from his daughter, claiming the photographer alerted paparazzi to Britney's whereabouts and then received a fee from them. One of Spears' longest relationships was with her former agent, Jason Trawick. In 2021, rumors spread claiming the pair secretly married and then divorced in 2012, after records showing their conservatorship put a lawyer on hold shortly before their split in 2013. However, Trawick denied they were ever married, and no marriage certificate — or divorce — was ever filed. Britney and David Lucado began dating shortly after her split from Trawick, although the relationship only lasted about a year. According to TMZ, Britney dumped Lucado after spotting a video of Lucado "making out and dancing with a woman." Lucado didn't take the breakup well, and a rep told TMZ, "David is very, very much in love with Britney. Spears continued to be involved in the entertainment industry even though her new boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol, was a film and television producer. Speaking of their romance at the time, Spears said, "I thought he was really adorable and she said he was good with people so I went for it... Sources claimed to Hollywood Life after their split that the two broke up after Britney's father Jamie hit it out pretends he wasn't a good match for her. Sam Asghari, an aspiring actor, has been at the pop star's side since 2016, making their relationship their longest to date. She met Sam in 2016 when he appeared in her music video "Slumber Party," and the two hit it off quickly thereafter. They officially became Instagram in January 2017 and Sam has been by their side in the fight to end their longtime conservatorship. Spears announced their engagement on September 12, 2021, and she followed the good news by finishing her conservatory in November of that year. In April 2022, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together, but Britney announced just a month later that she had suffered a miscarriage. "Maybe we should have waited until we're further along to announce, but we were overly excited to share the good news," she wrote on Instagram.

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George Russell fears 'major incident' over 'dangerous' F1 cars

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: George Russell fears 'major incident' over 'dangerous' F1 cars (Author: Gardener)

George RussellBritish driver George Russell has described the new era of cars in Formula 1 as "dangerous" and a "recipe for disaster" and feared it was only "a matter of time" before a serious accident occurred. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will be at the forefront of today's Azerbaijan Grand Prix after claiming his fourth straight pole position. Sergio Perez will start second ahead of championship leader Max Verstappen in the other Red Bull. Russell is fifth on the grid, two places ahead of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. But in the moments after dequalifying his more famous Mercedes team-mate for the fifth time in eight outings, Russell expressed grave concern that Sunday's race on the streets of Baku could be overshadowed by a high-speed crash. The new generation of F1 machines introduced this season and developed by motorsport manager Ross Brawn in hopes of closer racing have been plagued by porpoises - the phenomenon that makes the car bounce on its suspension. "It's definitely dangerous and it's only a matter of time before we see a major incident," said Russell, 24. We're being shaken to pieces and I can barely see where to brake at the end of the straight because we're bouncing so much around. I don't think we're the only car. “A lot of us can barely keep the car in a straight line over the bumps and we're going at 200mph around the last two corners, with concrete walls on either side of us, which isn't a comfortable position. “That's it. With the technology we have, there's no need for us to drive a Formula 1 car millimeters off the ground. I don't know what the future holds, but we can't keep this up for three more years or however long these regulations last.” He hooked it up on the last leg, zooming through the finish line and becoming the first rider to do more in Baku as one takes pole 🙌 pic.twitter.com/cXOYNDpEc6 - Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) June 11, 2022 The issue was raised with F1's governing body, the FIA, at the drivers' briefing on Friday night. Hamilton, who finished a stunning 1.6 seconds off the pace on Saturday, announced he has received acupuncture treatment from his coach, New Zealander Angela Cullen, to combat the pain caused by high-speed jumping. "I couldn't finish my long run in training on Friday because my back was totally broken," said the 37-year-old. “Thank God for Angela for giving me physical therapy and acupuncture every night. Jumping isn't that bad on the straights, but in the corners we try to keep the car away from the wall. There's not much we can do to stop it, but we can't have this car for four years, so they have to work it out.” Hamilton, who goes into Sunday's race 75 points behind points leader Verstappen, was closed at 8:20 p.m called the stewards for driving "unnecessarily slowly" during an out-lap and delaying fellow countryman Lando Norris. But an hour later, the seven-time world champion received the all-clear and retained his seventh place on the grid. I was here until 1:30am last night. Leclerc, who is nine points behind Verstappen, was recovering from his misery in Monaco two weeks ago to stun his rivals. Leclerc has not managed to convert a pole into a win since the third race of the season in Australia, since then he has seen a 46-point lead in the championship turn into a nine-point deficit over Verstappen. Pole position qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying session ahead of the F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 11, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan - Dan Istitene - Formula 1 Red Bull has four wins pulled in in a row back then – but two of them have come after an engine failure that cost Leclerc victory in Spain and a mistake in strategy that sent him back from first to fourth at Monaco, and the team on the famous streets of Monte Carlo, to to claim his third career win by a margin of 0.282 seconds. "All the bars feel good, but I wasn't expecting these because I thought the Red Bulls were stronger," said Leclerc. Perez felt the bar might have slipped through his fingers as an engine problem in the garage meant he left the pits late and didn't benefit from a slipstream on his final lap. The same applied to Verstappen, who was supposed to be towed by Perez, but had to go out on his own after the technical problem. Verstappen said: “The start of the lap was good and then it went a little bit off me, tiny mistakes. Not what I want, but as second and third we have a good chance tomorrow.” We seem to be missing the one lap a bit, but in the long run our car should be pretty good.” Q1 had been red flagged , with just two and a half minutes to go after Lance Stroll fell. 😬 pic.twitter.com/x7UocKbgrf - Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) June 11, 2022 Just moments after hitting the barrier, before the Canadian driver backed out of trouble, he crashed into the wall a second time. Stroll carried on lot of speed through the second corner and lost control of his Aston Martin and Stroll had to park his wounded machine when race director Niels Wittich put the red flag up. The struggling Mick Schumacher was also unable to improve and will be in 20th and final place for the compete in races.

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Is Leclerc the fastest driver in F1?

Charles Leclerc's pole position in Baku strengthened the Ferrari driver's claim to currently be the best in Formula 1 over a lap. (Author: Gardener)

LeclercIf Charles Leclerc had converted all his pole positions into wins in 2022, we would be talking about him as the clear title favorite. In eight qualifying sessions this year, he was fastest six times (including Baku on Saturday), while finishing second in the other two (behind Sergio Perez in Saudi Arabia and Max Verstappen in Imola). Of course, the fact that Leclerc's Ferrari is that quick over a lap but is more evenly matched with the Red Bulls in the race is one of the reasons why this year's World Championship is so open and exciting. Ferrari's handling of its tires means it can easily get them up to temperature in a single lap, but managing over a race distance isn't always that easy and has been a perennial weakness for Leclerc compared to Championship leader Verstappen. But putting aside the idiosyncrasies of each car's tire management, Leclerc undoubtedly lays claim to the title of fastest F1 driver over a single lap. His pole-position lap at Baku was the latest example of his pinpoint precision and masterful pace, getting close to the barriers at the apex and exit of almost every corner without once slipping out of control. In a session closely matched between the four drivers from the top two teams in Q1, Q2 and the first heat in Q3, Leclerc found almost 0.3 seconds clear of his nearest rival when it counted, and did so without the advantage of a slipstream on Baku's long pit lane. The advantage he had was mostly in the tighter second sector of the circuit, with Leclerc's best effort to shove his Ferrari between the castle walls giving him a 0.327s lead over second-placed Perez in that sector alone. Red Bull regained lap time on the straights, where the RB18's lower-drag setup came into its own, but as his Ferrari pulled into the pit lane Leclerc had time in hand, having earlier flirted intensely with the walls on his lap. A remarkable lap in a top-of-the-line car is always easier to identify than an equally impressive lap in a mid-table or closing-marker car, and there are a number of drivers who often get the most out of their machines, in the way Leclerc only did on Saturday in align with the center of the grid. George Russell, for example, would also be a contender for F1's top qualifier, having surpassed the man with the most pole positions in F1 history, Lewis Hamilton, in the last three events, taking his Mercedes to fifth place on Saturday had brought. But Leclerc's total dominance of far from slow teammate Carlos Sainz this year, and his ability to consistently set the fastest laps while dealing with the pressure of a title shot, means he deservedly claimed the title of best Qualifiers of F1 can claim this year. All he has to do now is convert that one-lap pace into wins on Sunday. There was some confusion at Red Bull ahead of the final timed laps of qualifying. Verstappen inquired why, as he was supposed to get a "tug" from Perez on his lap - the influence of the slipstream on Baku's long straight is huge. Perez's car was delayed in the garage when the team struggled to light it up, which team boss Christian Horner later explained as a problem refueling the car. Perez was supposed to tow Verstappen, but when he was in sync with other drivers, Red Bull had also planned for him to benefit from towing another car. As it turned out, Perez had to do his lap asynchronously and in clean air, which likely cost him a small chunk of lap time. "I think we certainly could have been a lot closer," Perez said of the tow, though he admitted Leclerc might have been out of reach anyway. “If Ferrari sums it all up, it seems that they are making a good step forward in qualifying. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner downplayed the suggestion that the problem cost the team pole.” [Ferrari] simply had the upper hand in a single lap. "Pole position or not, Perez surpassed Verstappen again on Saturday. He cut the championship lead to 15 points by winning the Monaco Grand Prix last time out and if he finishes ahead of Verstappen again on Sunday, will he create something fascinating Teammate dynamics even more complicated for Red Bull. At the Spanish Grand Prix three weeks ago, it looked like Mercedes had closed the gap on Ferrari and Red Bull, and would take on Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in the upcoming races But just two bumpy street circuits later, the fastest of the two silver cars found themselves in a battle with Red Bull's junior squad AlphaTauri for fifth on Saturday while sitting a whopping 1.3 seconds from pole position - th Den Mercedes' biggest dry weather qualifying lead this season has been at the top, while progress has been made at the Spanish Grand Prix it on a purpose built track with a smooth track surface and a succession of mainly high and medium speed corners. On the bumpy street circuits of Monaco and Baku, Mercedes has uncovered driving problems not apparent in Spain, as well as a return of the dreaded hopping - or 'porpoise' - on the high-speed Baku straights. The skipping that affected the Mercedes' performance for the first five laps of the year is doubly frustrating for the team as it not only shows that the car is still on the razor's edge in terms of healing the problem but also, that the time spent resolving the impact was not as well invested as the engineers had hoped. For every hour the team's factory worked to solve the impact, they lost just as much time developing the intended performance upgrades they had planned to improve the car's base performance. Meanwhile, rivals Red Bull and Ferrari have pushed their own developments and widened the gap at the front, meaning the return of the impact in Baku has thrown Mercedes even further off the pace. "We made a really good step in Barcelona," emphasized team boss Toto Wolff on Saturday evening. “We had a good car and were able to get the best performance in the race, but we were a bit lacking in qualifying. It's easy to explain because we've now had two months trying to solve the porpoise and not being able to add the base performance and it's biting us a bit. We understand what we need to do and in a way it means... But if the team really understands what's going on, why can't they bring a solution? I still think there is a short-term fix that will make us a lot more competitive, but it might not explain everything. I want to put the car in the right position for the second half of the year and also for next year.

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Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 Qualifying LIVE! Leclerc takes pole

Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 Qualifying LIVE! Leclerc takes pole - Updates and news from Baku - (Author: Gardener)

LeclercThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also absent for a second day after the celebrations, but the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be seated for the street carnival extravaganza. Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined them as parents in the royal box for Saturday night's party at the palace, as the monarch received affectionate tributes from the Prince of Wales and national figures - and sipped tea with Paddington Bear. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also absent for a second day after the celebrations, but the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be seated for the street carnival extravaganza. Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined them as parents in the royal box for Saturday night's party at the palace, as the monarch received affectionate tributes from the Prince of Wales and national figures - and sipped tea with Paddington Bear. Ben Stokes savored the feeling of having captained his country to victory for the first time as England beat New Zealand in the first LV= Insurance Test at Lord's. Ben Stokes savored the feeling of having captained his country to victory for the first time as England beat New Zealand in the first LV= Insurance Test at Lord's. Boris Johnson is in 'real trouble' and could face a confidence vote next week, says William Hague Boris Johnson is in 'real trouble' and could face a confidence vote next week, says William Hague Royal fans are braving the bad weather to secure the best seats to snag Mall Royal fans brave bad weather to snag best seats at the Mall Ben Stokes says every England player under captaincy has 'empty canvas' Ben Stokes says every England player under captaincy has 'empty Screen' has The Republic of Ireland must deserve it all they get, says Kenny Man boos Boris Johnson over 'Brexit' and 'Partygate' First appearance of The Royal Mews since the Queen's Golden Jubilee 20 years ago First appearance of The Royal Mews since the Queen's Golden Jubilee 20 years ago Royal Mews since Queen's Golden Jubilee 20 years ago First appearance of The Roy al Mews since the Queen's Golden Jubilee 20 years ago Charles Leclerc, nine points behind Max Verstappen in the championship standings, boun pulled out of his misery in Monaco two weeks ago to smash his rivals and take pole Baku. Charles Leclerc, nine points adrift of Max Verstappen in the championship standings, recovered from his misery in Monaco two weeks ago to blow away his rivals and take pole to Baku. The Ferrari man edged out Sergio Perez by 0.282s, who capitalized on Leclerc's Monte Carlo frustrations to claim his third career win. The Ferrari man edged out Sergio Perez by 0.282s, who capitalized on Leclerc's Monte Carlo frustrations to claim his third career win. World Champion Verstappen puts his Red Bull in third place, one place ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, who was quickest in Q3 after the opening heats. World Champion Verstappen puts his Red Bull in third place, one place ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, who was quickest in Q3 after the opening heats. George Russell has overtaken teammate Hamilton for the fifth time this season. George Russell has overtaken teammate Hamilton for the fifth time this season. He starts fifth tomorrow, two places ahead of Hamilton, who could fall further behind if he is penalized for 'unnecessarily slowing' in qualifying. He starts fifth tomorrow, two places ahead of Hamilton, who could fall further behind if he is penalized for 'unnecessarily slowing' in qualifying. The two McLaren cars both failed to make the top ten, with Lando Norris in 11th and Daniel Ricciardo in 12th, while Lance Stroll's crash in Q1 resulted in a red flag and he will start 19th. The two McLaren cars both failed to make the top ten, with Lando Norris in 11th and Daniel Ricciardo in 12th, while Lance Stroll's crash in Q1 resulted in a red flag and he will start 19th. 17:04 , Matt Verri Charles Leclerc will start the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on pole after a stunning final lap got the job done in Baku. It's now four straight poles for Leclerc, who will be desperate to recover from the disappointment on home soil at Monaco two weeks ago when Ferrari made a series of strategic mistakes. Teammate Carlos Sainz led in Baku after the first few heats in Q3 but Leclerc delivered when needed nearly three tenths ahead of Monte Carlo race winner Sergio Perez in second place. Max Verstappen will start Sunday's race in third place, along with fourth-placed Sainz, who struggled with his last qualifying lap. Click here for our full report 16:47 , Matt Verri “When it comes to Q3 you go all out. So basically I was on my own and that's very strong here. “It's going to be a very long race tomorrow, we just have to make sure we're there. 16:36 , Matt Verri “I think the start of the lap was good, then it went a little bit off me I would like, but still we have a good chance as a team in second and third place tomorrow. "I think overall we seem a little bit off over a lap but sure, our car should normally be pretty good." 14:45 , Alex Young Away from the action as Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto expresses his concerns about the appointment of Shaila-Ann Rao as interim Formula One boss at the FIA, which governs the sport. Rao is a former personal advisor to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and served as the FIA's legal director between 2016 and 2018. He was appointed as an interim replacement for the late Peter Bayer. "It's certainly a problem," Binotto told reporters at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. "She's a great person, she has a lot of experience, she will certainly be able to do the job." It's up to them to make sure there's no conflict of interest at all, to behave properly, and it's up to them, the President, to make sure that." Ferrari's Charles Leclerc finished first in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix place as Lewis Hamilton battled his way up to 12th -Dry conditions edged out Sergio Perez in Baku. Fresh from victory in Monte Carlo and with a new contract that will keep him in Red Bull colors until 2024, Perez was on fastest in the weekend's opening race. But the Mexican was target Later in the day by Leclerc, he was a quarter of a second behind the Ferrari man. Ferrari and Red Bull remain at the top of the Formula One class, with World Champion Max Verstappen third in the standings, three tenths back. Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to finish ed fourth for Alpine, albeit almost a second slower than Leclerc, with Carlos Sainz fifth in the other scarlet car.

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F1 teams are looking to the US leagues for possible driver salary cap ideas

The $140 million team budget cap for Formula 1 does not affect driver salaries. (Author: Gardener)

US* Even in the new era of F1 spending caps, the traditionally biggest financiers – Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull – still dominate. * One of the many items that teams are not required to include in their budget caps is driver salaries. In the Formula 1 paddock, the two-year-old team continues to receive mixed reviews. While the idea of ​​a $140 million spending cap on each team sounds like at least a step in the right direction to fill some gaps on the starting lineup, it's not exactly. The traditionally biggest lenders – Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull – still dominate. In a way even more so because in 2020 (before the cap) McLaren and Racing Point (now Aston Martin) finished the season 3-4 in the standings and this year they are way down again in the standings. So much for the salary cap that closes the gap between the big teams and the midfield. Some teams have said they would like F1 bean counters to consider raising the cap to account for inflation. Some teams are right in saying that when they built their budgets last year, they didn't expect global inflation to be such a big problem or cut in 2022. One of the many items excluded from F1 budget caps are driver salaries. Teams are tight on those costs, but Mercedes' seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton is said to be working on a salary in excess of $40 million, while defending champion Max Verstappen is set to rake in close to $20 million this year. Mercedes F1 Team Principal Toto Wolff says it may be time to bring in driver pay in F1, or at least regulate it in some way. Wolff even went so far as to say that the F1 should perhaps take a look at some of the American sports leagues that have salary caps on their athletes. “The sport is booming and Formula 1 is making more money and that trickles down to the teams but we have a cost cap. With inflation, we couldn't even pay for inflation, and I think talking about a $30 or $40 million salary supplement is inappropriate from that perspective." The major team sports leagues in the United States have salary caps. The National Basketball Association was the first major league that introduced a player salary cap starting in the 1984-85 season, the National Football League introduced their salary cap in 1994, and the National Hockey League did the same, beginning with the 2005-06 season, while Major League Baseball technically works not below salary caps, but does have a "luxury tax” that it imposes on teams that exceed a prescribed amount. A portion of the revenue from the luxury taxes goes back to the teams that have stayed below the cap - in the hope that those teams will earn their Spending on players will increase in future seasons The South American leagues that are the most successful in the world introduced salary caps 15 years ago,” said Wolff. "It's working pretty well over there, and Formula 1 sees it with no immediate solution, but I think like all other sports in the world, we need to find a way that we can act sustainably and become independent of government money or government teams, maybe." help them find more money outside of team salary. "You can't just have a payroll (for drivers) on some of the top teams that's $30, 40, 50 million when the rest of the team needs to split it up into $140 million," Wolff said. "But other than that, they are enormous superstars, they deserve to be among the top earners in the sport, in terms of direct pay they already are and then we need to find a way to unlock the endorsement opportunities, the ability to do endorsement deals, the two-thirds if not more, for US sports teams, but certainly direct salaries for Formula 1 drivers are paid the most.” Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto, whose drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. reportedly have a combined salary of over US$20 million Achieving dollars, agrees that driver salaries are one of many issues on the platter of Formula 1. “It's a tricky thing to tackle and I'm honestly not sure there's a solution g ibt,” said Binotto. The salary cap for drivers will only affect three, a maximum of four teams - no more. And the teams that will be affected have been in place for a long time - long-term contracts with their drivers - so long that I don't think we'll have to do that again next year. Nevertheless, there is enough time to look at the points and to look at sustainability understand the Toto wanted s mentioned. We need to take the time to think about it, not as an urgent matter. A lot is happening there and we just have to see how it's done there and learn from it. We don't have to copy it, but a lot is being done and only looking at how to solve this in the medium to long term, so that this lack of parity between the team budget and the driver budget isn't that big anymore. “But of course you always have the problem of who invests in a racing driver if they can't get the money back.

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Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 Qualifying LIVE! Leclerc takes pole

Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 Qualifying LIVE! Leclerc takes pole - Updates and news from Baku - (Author: Gardener)

LeclercThe renowned microsculptor Dr. Willard Wigan has created an amazing piece to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The renowned microsculptor Dr. Willard Wigan has created an amazing piece to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The artist spent countless hours handcrafting the microscopic coronation chariot mounted in the eye of a needle, as well as a tiny model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman. The artist spent countless hours handcrafting the microscopic coronation chariot mounted in the eye of a needle, as well as a tiny model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman. The Queen won't be in the royal box for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, but royal revelers are still hoping she'll appear on the balcony for the carnival's finale. The Queen won't be in the royal box for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, but royal revelers are still hoping she'll appear on the balcony for the carnival's finale. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also absent for a second day after the celebrations, but the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be seated for the street carnival extravaganza. Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined them as parents in the royal box for Saturday night's party at the palace, as the monarch received affectionate tributes from the Prince of Wales and national figures - and sipped tea with Paddington Bear. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also absent for a second day after the celebrations, but the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be seated for the street carnival extravaganza. Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined them as parents in the royal box for Saturday night's party at the palace, as the monarch received affectionate tributes from the Prince of Wales and national figures - and sipped tea with Paddington Bear. Ben Stokes savored the feeling of having captained his country to victory for the first time as England beat New Zealand in the first LV= Insurance Test at Lord's. Ben Stokes savored the feeling of having captained his country to victory for the first time as England beat New Zealand in the first LV= Insurance Test at Lord's. Boris Johnson is in 'real trouble' and could face a confidence vote next week, says William Hague Boris Johnson is in 'real trouble' and could face a confidence vote next week, says William Hague Royal fans are braving the bad weather to secure the best seats to snag Mall Royal fans are braving the inclement weather to snag the best seats in the Mall. Ben Stokes says every England player has 'blank canvas' under their captain Ben Stokes says every England player has 'blank canvas' under their captain Man boos Boris Johnson over 'Brexit' and 'Partygate' First appearance of The Royal Mews since the Queen's Golden Jubilee 20 years ago First outing of The Royal Mews since the Queen's Golden Jubilee 20 years ago First outing of The Royal Mews since the Queen's Golden Jubilee 20 years ago First outing of the Royal Mews since the Queen's Golden Jubilee 20 years ago Charles Leclerc, nine points behind Max Verstappen in the championship standings, was recovering from his misery in Monaco two weeks ago to take h's rivals and Pole Baku. Charles Leclerc, nine points adrift of Max Verstappen in the championship standings, recovered from his misery in Monaco two weeks ago to blow away his rivals and take pole to Baku. The Ferrari man edged out Sergio Perez by 0.282s, who capitalized on Leclerc's Monte Carlo frustrations to claim his third career win. The Ferrari man edged out Sergio Perez by 0.282s, who capitalized on Leclerc's Monte Carlo frustrations to claim his third career win. World Champion Verstappen puts his Red Bull in third place, one place ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, who was quickest in Q3 after the opening heats. World Champion Verstappen puts his Red Bull in third place, one place ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, who was quickest in Q3 after the opening heats. George Russell has overtaken teammate Hamilton for the fifth time this season. George Russell has overtaken teammate Hamilton for the fifth time this season. He starts fifth tomorrow, two places ahead of Hamilton, who could fall further behind if he is penalized for 'unnecessarily slowing' in qualifying. He starts fifth tomorrow, two places ahead of Hamilton, who could fall further behind if he is penalized for 'unnecessarily slowing' in qualifying. 16:47 , Matt Verri “When it comes to Q3, you go full throttle. So basically I was on my own and that's very strong here. “It's going to be a very long race tomorrow, we just have to make sure we're there. You can make a mistake at any point, that's it.” 16:36 , Matt Verri “I think the start of the lap was good, then it went a little bit off me I would like, but still we're on the pitches as a team two and three a good chance for tomorrow. "I think overall we seem a little bit off over a lap but sure, our car should normally be pretty good." 14:45 , Alex Young Away from the action as Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto expresses his concerns about the appointment of Shaila-Ann Rao as interim Formula One boss at the FIA, which governs the sport. Rao is a former personal advisor to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and served as the FIA's legal director between 2016 and 2018. He was appointed as an interim replacement for the late Peter Bayer. "It's certainly a problem," Binotto told reporters at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. "She's a great person, she has a lot of experience, she will certainly be able to do the job." It's up to them to make sure there's no conflict of interest at all, to behave properly, and it's up to them, the President, to make sure that." Ferrari's Charles Leclerc finished first in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix place as Lewis Hamilton battled his way up to 12th -Dry conditions edged out Sergio Perez in Baku. Fresh from victory in Monte Carlo and with a new contract that will keep him in Red Bull colors until 2024, Perez was on fastest in the weekend's opening race. But the Mexican was target Later in the day by Leclerc, he was a quarter of a second behind the Ferrari man. Ferrari and Red Bull remain at the top of the Formula One class, with World Champion Max Verstappen third in the standings, three tenths back. Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to finish ed fourth for Alpine, albeit almost a second slower than Leclerc, with Carlos Sainz fifth in the other scarlet car.

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Azerbaijan Grand Prix youngest Charles Leclerc takes pole position ahead of Sergio Perez

F1 Qualifying LIVE: Latest Azerbaijan Grand Prix Charles Leclerc takes pole position ahead of Sergio Perez - Qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix takes place on the fast and exciting street circuit of Baku (Author: Gardener)

Charles LeclercThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Follow live F1 updates from qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc attempts to claim a fourth straight pole position at the Baku street circuit. Leclerc secured pole position here last year, although it was Sergio Perez who took the win in a chaotic race. Perez, fresh from his Monte Carlo win, has had the advantage over world champion and championship leader Max Verstappen so far this weekend and could lead the Red Bull battle as the team look to deny Leclerc another pole position. Before qualifying begins, the third and final practice session took place as Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton desperately looked for improvements and couldn't find them. The seven-time World Champion was only able to finish P12 in Friday practice and it was the same again in Saturday's FP3 as Perez topped the times ahead of Leclerc and started an intriguing battle for pole. Follow the live updates from qualifying ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix below: Sergio Perez tops the timesheets at the end of the delayed FP3. Lance Stroll crashes out in Q1, Magnussen eliminated the McLaren pair of Norris and Ricciardo on the last lap among the five eliminated in Q2 at 16:54, Matchett Mercedes' Karl Toto Wolff doesn't have much opinion on those either The prospect of Lewis Hamilton being penalized for driving slowly is missing everywhere. I think Lewis was in the [allowed] times. “Hopefully four in front crash out in Turn 1! But it's fifth and sixth [we're aiming for].” 16:49 , Karl Matchett Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner isn't surprised he didn't take pole but is optimistic nonetheless. “I felt like Ferrari got the edge on a single lap but on a track where you can overtake hopefully we can give them up tomorrow will be tough.” It's such a long straight and DRS is quite strong , but you have to be close.” Checo had a little problem with refueling, it's a shame for him, but he had a perfect out-lap. It would have been close.” 16:43 , Karl Matchett “Charles was able to deliver under pressure and get those rounds,” said Damon Hill. A fantastic ride from the Monegasque racer and he's got six poles in eight races - but can he convert them into wins? 16:36 , Karl Matchett and pole position man Charles Leclerc were also in front of the cameras. The Ferrari man said: "It feels good! It'll be interesting tomorrow.” 16:35 , Karl Matchett The two Red Bulls spoke to Sky F1 after qualifying. Max Verstappen: "The start of the lap was good, but with small mistakes it went away from me a bit." I just have trouble finding the balance from front to back over a lap. As second and third we have a good chance tomorrow. “We'll find out, but overall we're missing a bit of pace over one lap. In the long term, our cars should be quite good.” And Sergio Perez: “In Q3 you get balls out and it was a bit much! It was an ideal qualifying because we had an engine problem so I was alone – it's strong here and we lost a few tenths. “Tomorrow is a long race and we have to see that we are there. You can always make a mistake and that's it.” 16:31 , Karl Matchett A big day for Ferrari – but tomorrow they need to capitalize on it. 16:27 , Karl Matchett Verstappen is racing down the home stretch... and into the front row! Perez is now fighting for third place if he can overtake Sainz... and actually finishes second! Perez surpasses Verstappen in the end, stunning. 16:25, Karl Matchett Sainz flies around first, but he's well behind his own time and doesn't look like he'll improve on his time this lap. Leclerc is the fastest at the moment and Verstappen is also improving his own time in that first sector. Make your grab, let's see who claims it. 16:24 , Karl Matchett Sainz and Leclerc both retire. Then Verstappen comes out again - but a "problem" with Perez means he's way behind and Vettel gets his slipstream. Hamilton is also ahead of Russell so perhaps the younger driver will benefit. In the last two minutes we go . 16:21 , Karl Matchett A clip of the wall for Perez as he turns a corner midsection. Both Ferraris quickly into the pits. Vettel has managed to move up to seventh place between the two Mercedes cars. Alonso ninth, Tsunoda tenth are the others. 16:19 , Karl Matchett First laps in Q3 then: Russell finishes about 0.4 seconds faster than Hamilton, Gasly in front of both Mercedes drivers. Carlos Sainz clocks 1m41.814s to take provisional pole...and Leclerc and Perez both trail him. 16:14 , Karl Matchett Who will secure pole position for tomorrow's race? Sergio Perez led FP3 and was also on top in Q2. Zhou has surpassed Alfa Romeo teammate Bottas in qualifying for the first time. Of course, both Mercedes racing drivers were also involved. 16:08 , Karl Matchett No joy for either McLaren - they're both out. Norris, Ricciardo, Ocon, Zhou and Bottas are out in Q2. Sergio Perez in the lead again, with Leclerc and Sainz following him this lap. 16:07, Karl Matchett Vettel is seventh, Hamilton flies to sixth after benefiting from Russell's slipstream. Lando Norris goes off track and will be eliminated in Q2 if he doesn't quickly do another lap. Ricciardo is on a final lap and needs a decent improvement to make it into Q3 himself. 4:05 pm, Karl Matchett Hamilton remarked that he was driving unnecessarily slowly. I'm not sure if that's Q1 or Q2 at the moment but he will be checked after the session. But he's still 11th at the moment and Lando Norris has only slightly improved his own time as well. Hamilton, Ocon, Ricciardo, Zhou, Bottas in the Emilination zone with 1:20 to go in Q2. 16:01 - Karl Matchett Vettel straight into the wall after an electrical failure of any description. He will pit. Now Sergio Perez is tearing through, narrowly dodging a barrier - can he move up from fourth place? Oh yes he can, over a tenth faster than Sainz and with a 1:41.955 he's in the lead. 15:57, Karl Matchett Verstappen only beats Perez with his time. Pierre Gasly records a good first time, +0.902 seconds. Leclerc is second. Zhou and Bottas are the only ones who don't have time yet. We'll see how they're doing and who they're putting at risk as we go into the final 9 minutes of Q2. 15:54, Karl Matchett Checo Perez is out, Verstappen a few seconds behind. No need to fight for positions just yet - get a time on the board and make sure you're in Q3, that's all you really need for now. More is required of the McLaren duo and perhaps Hamilton's Mercedes. 15:48 , Karl Matchett Albon is furious with Alonso's tactics after leaving the track. "He has to punish this guy... He braked so early and just went off the track." Both Williams cars are obviously out in Q1. 15:46 , Karl Matchett A flying finish from Bottas to Magnussen leapfrog and that's the only change in the elimination zone this final round. Magnussen, Albon, Latifi, Stroll and Schumacher were eliminated in Q1. 15:45 , Karl Matchett Alonso plays the heist role for everyone behind him. Looks like they all made it through in time in the end! Here it goes to the last timed laps. Hamilton finished ninth...and is doing enough to stay...ninth. Russell moves up to sixth, then Tsunoda takes the same spot, then Gasly suddenly to fifth. Bottas makes it out of the last five! 15:42 , Karl Matchett Hamilton out fast, Russell and Zhou too... now, can any of the last five put on a better lap and get out of the last five? 15:39 , Karl Matchett Quite a long line to get back out while waiting for the go-ahead from race officials. It doesn't look quite as if the McLaren duo will get out in time - definitely some tactics are being used here as some cars are in a position to get out when they don't have to, thus delaying others who have been keen on the clock another round of getting out fast enough. 15:37 , Karl Matchett Less than ideal for Lance Stroll. There's the bottom line of that...Meanwhile, the likes of Ricciardo, Norris and the others who were waiting for another lap have been told we'll be on in a little over four minutes. 2:30 on the clock. Stroll hit the barriers at Turn 2#AzerbaijanGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/41gz31FQdp— Formula 1 (@F1) Jun 11, 2022 3:33pm , Karl Matchett Red flag! And that's game over for Stroll - shortly after his earlier incident he hit the wall much harder again and it looks like both the wheel and front wing are damaged. This is bad news, not only for him but for several others in the bottom five as well - the cleanup has to be quick. Albon, Bottas, Latifi, Stroll and Schumacher are in the elimination zone. 15:31 , Karl Matchett...and he's in 8th place, Hamilton at +1.230 seconds. He manages to keep the engine running and rolls back onto the track. Both Williams cars are out now and Valtteri Bottas - they're all in the last five and we have three minutes left in Q1. 15:29 - Karl Matchett's pit lane incident between Magnussen and Schumacher will be investigated after the meeting, we're told. And now Max Verstappen and Perez are faster than the Ferrari pair again - they're back in the top two. Hamilton. ..he's in 14th place and not out right now. It must be a nervous wait now. 15:26 , Karl Matchett With just under 10 minutes to go in Q1 - it looks like Bottas didn't register a time and he's the only one. Albon, Latifi, Stroll and Schumacher are currently in the bottom five with him. Leclerc just set a fastest first sector time... and Leclerc is running faster overall! Sainz is also ahead of Perez in third place. 15:23 , Karl Matchett Max Verstappen crosses the finish line at 1:42.9, with Sergio Perez just behind him. Then it's the Ferrari guys in third and fourth after their first laps. George Russell suggests Verstappen drives 'irregularly' before going fourth with a 1:43.781. 15:21, Karl Matchett A couple of cars straight ahead to make sure they do a lap. Lando Norris stops 1:45, Fernando Alonso immediately beats it by 0.3 seconds and Esteban Ocon then does the same. Lewis Hamilton says over the radio that his braking pedal is very soft and there is a lot of traffic ahead. 15:19 , Karl Matchett OK, the cars are starting to get out now... and we've got the go-ahead for the open pit exit! Here we go for Q1. 15:11 , Karl Matchett Mercedes had problems again today with Lewis Hamilton in 12th place. Team boss Toto Wolff: “We have to recoat all the levels so that they are super flat! Barcelona were good enough, we were competitive – we're not here, the car is jumping all over the place. We're not very efficient with drag, we lose more than a second to Ferrari in a straight line. It doesn't make you competitive.” 15:09 , Lawrence Ostlere Qualifying is just moments away. 15:01 , Lawrence Ostlere The start of this qualifying session was pushed back 15 minutes after a barrier was repaired. So qualifying starts at 15:15 BST or 18:15 in Baku. 14:20 , Lawrence Ostlere Former rally driver Mohammed Ben Sulayem was elected the FIA's first non-European President in December. He made changes to Formula One's refereeing process following the Abu Dhabi controversy, appointing Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas to replace Michael Masi in the role of race director. There was no explanation for Bayer's departure and no indication that Rao's appointment was in any way related to the events in Abu Dhabi. “The positive thing about having Shaila-Ann in this position is that she is one about governance and transparency. She's a lawyer and I think we've always criticized that in the past that things weren't always as transparent and clear to the teams. "It's one of the key issues that she's going to try to implement and that's good news for all teams." Saturday worried about the appointment of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff's former personal adviser Shaila-Ann Rao as interim Formula One boss, according to The Reigning FIA. Rao, who served as the FIA's legal director from mid-2016 to late 2018 before joining Mercedes as the team's general counsel and then as special adviser to Wolff, has been named as the interim replacement for the late Peter Bayer. Austrian Bayer, who led the investigation into the controversial title-winning safety car restart at last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, has been F1 Executive Director since last year and Secretary General for Sport since 2017. ' Binotto told reporters at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. 1:53pm, Lawrence Ostlere Lewis Hamilton was 12th and more than a second and a half behind pacesetter Sergio Perez in the final practice session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. As Perez, who is bidding to become the first driver to win twice on the narrow streets of Baku, eluded Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc by just 0.070s to secure first place, Hamilton struggled in his unruly Mercedes machine further. The seven-time world champion was two tenths behind teammate George Russell, with the younger Briton eighth in the order. "Have you turned the engine down?" asked an amused Hamilton, who was 1.675 seconds off the pace. His race engineer, Peter Bonnington, replied: “Confirm Lewis. We have limited mileage on this one. “In the closing stages Verstappen, who leads Leclerc by nine points, was on a lap primed to take him to the top of the charts only to be slowed down by traffic. "Incredible," yelled the Dutchman. "Cars everywhere," he added with some expletives. Verstappen was third, 0.279 seconds behind his teammate, Carlos Sainz, in fourth. Red Bull and Ferrari remain the teams to beat, with Lando Norris fifth, 1.2 seconds back. Norris' struggling McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo was an encouraging sixth. The final action before qualifying was delayed by 15 minutes after the barriers at the opening corner were repaired following a crash in the earlier Formula 2 sprint race. 13:40 , Lawrence Ostlere Some of the best pictures from FP3: 13:22 , Lawrence Ostlere Lewis Hamilton 12th, Valtteri Bottas in 19th. 13:22 , Lawrence Ostlere Lewis Hamilton 12th, Valtteri Bottas in 19th. There is once again very little separating the top four, with the McLaren fifth and sixth but more than a second off pace. There is once again very little separating the top four, with the McLaren fifth and sixth but more than a second off pace. 1:20pm, Lawrence Ostlere Qualifying was rescheduled to 3:15pm BST (6:15pm Baku) after a delay in the start of FP3 pushed back the day's schedule slightly. 13:18 , Lawrence Ostlere Sergio Perez ends the session in first place, ahead of Leclerc, Verstappen, Sainz and then Norris in fifth place. Ricciardoa, Gasly, Russell, Ocon and Vettel round out the top 10, with Hamilton working his way up to 12th place. 13:13 , Lawrence Ostlere The final few minutes of this session and Red Bull's Sergio Perez has jumped 0.070s faster than Leclerc to the top of the timesheets. However, there are still many flying laps to be completed... 13:04 , Lawrence Ostlere Yellow flag in Sector 1 as Valtteri Bottas goes off the track at Turn 3. That will kill some flying laps with around 11 minutes to go in this final practice session. 12:55 , Lawrence Ostlere It feels like F1's natural order has been restored as Leclerc takes the lead and Max Verstappen slips to second in the timekeeping, with Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz in tow. About 20 minutes to go and most of the cars will be in the garage preparing for a final stint before qualifying. Gasly, Russell, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Vettel and Ocon fill out today's top 10, with Norris just 11. 12:41 , Lawrence Ostlere As soon as those words left my keyboard, Leclerc jumped to the top of the timesheets and shortly afterwards Perez climbed along a 1:44,416 about him. 12:38pm, Lawrence Ostlere Charles Leclerc was quickest yesterday but it's his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz who's quickest today, ahead of Leclerc and then Red Bull's Sergio Perez - Max Verstappen still has a time to go in this session . George Russell is fourth in the standings, just ahead of fellow Audi driver Lewis Hamilton. Carlos Sainz during Friday practice in his Ferrari (Reuters) 12:30, Lawrence Ostlere 12:19, Lawrence Ostlere Hooray, the barrier is repaired and FP3 is finally underway. Lewis Hamilton is straight out. 12:14 , Lawrence Ostlere It's sweltering hot in Baku today, the only difference from yesterday is the lack of wind which should help the riders find some control in the high speed, twisty sections. 12:00 , Lawrence Ostlere The start of this practice has been postponed as some barriers have been repaired. 11:55 AM , Lawrence Ostlere Five minutes before the third and final practice session. Charles Leclerc ousts Sergio Perez in second practice session in Azerbaijan. Hamilton has the same Mercedes issues in Baku at 11:45, Jamie Braidwood: “There are no other issues that have resurfaced; It's really the same, pretty much the same as the last race. We tried something experimental on my car and it didn't feel great to be honest but at least we tried and got data on it and now we're going to go through it and hopefully come back to what we changed for tomorrow to have. “I just can't really tell you where 1.6 seconds or 1.3 seconds or whatever it is, that's a long way. A lot of it on the straights…” Verstappen expects more from Red Bull in qualifying 11:38 , Jamie Braidwood “I was just a little unlucky with my soft tire runs – in FP1 and FP2 I was catching yellow flags the whole time, so I had to retire. Looks like Ferrari is pretty quick over a lap win. Long runs look a bit more consistent then, so that's a positive... But not a bad day overall, I just need to tweak a few things.” Russell frustrated as Mercedes left Ferrari and Red Bull behind at 11:30, Jamie Braidwood “It was a difficult day, we weren't as competitive as we would have liked. You see, a number of drivers got their fastest laps right at the end of the heat, while Ferrari and Red Bull seemed to be able to turn it on. At the moment they just have a faster car than us and we did everything we could to catch up. “If we have full control of the tyres, we won't quite close that gap – or we definitely won't close that gap, they're just too far ahead. So that's probably 50% of our problems - the rest is just the lack of performance we're having at the moment.” 11:15 , Jamie Braidwood “We had a tough Friday because overall I think we went from FP1 to FP2 quite a bit improved, but there is one more step that we need to take overnight. I also feel like nobody really put in a lap in FP2 and neither did we – actually I don't think Max [Verstappen] and Carlos [Sainz] really improved on the softs, so there's still quite a lot Question mark. "I think the positives to take away today is that the tire degradation was good and the race pace was very strong so that's good." 11:00 , Jamie Braidwood Max Verstappen says Formula 1 has a salary cap for drivers would be "completely wrong". The sport is looking at ways to become more sustainable in the long term, with an overall budget cap introduced last season to keep costs down. Driver salaries are currently not included in this cap, but there is speculation that this could soon be the case. Reigning world champion Verstappen, whose deal with Red Bull is said to be worth over £40million a year, is opposed to the idea. "It's still all a bit vague. I don't think anyone really knows where it's going," he said ahead of this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. "But it's completely wrong from my side because I think Formula 1 is becoming more popular at the moment and everyone is making more and more money, including the teams, Formula 1 (owners) - everyone is benefiting." So why should they Drivers being chopped off with their IP rights and everything that's supposed to be running the show and putting their lives on the line because we're doing it Hamilton responds to FIA President's criticism that he 'forced his beliefs' at F1 10:45 Jamie Braidwood Lewis Hamilton has told the ruler of Formula One's governing body that he will not be silenced - and encouraged his fellow drivers to be more open at this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, when FIA President Mohammed ben Sulayem popped the question on whether Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Lando Norris should voice their views Hamilton, who has become a leading voice for improving diversity in sport, said: "I've heard he's the thing e has made it clear social media, which is positive. And it continues to be an important platform for us to use our voice, each and every one of us, to do more and say more and spark more conversations. “Creating a more inclusive environment is just as important as focusing on better diversity within our own organization. But it's also so important in sports because it's going very slowly and we need more people using their platforms. "I encourage all drivers going forward to be more open and talk about things that are important to them." Responding to the FIA ​​boss' criticism, Lewis Hamilton said he "imposed his beliefs" at F1 10:30. Jamie Braidwood Daniel Ricciardo said he had spoken to McLaren team boss Zak Brown and felt he had the full support of the team amid speculation surrounding his future in Formula 1 for the former champion. The 32-year-old joined McLaren from Renault last season, his contract running until the end of 2023, but his struggles to cope with the Woking-based team's car have continued into a second season, raising questions about the duration of his deal will see. "Yes, well, first we talked, we had a catch-up," Ricciardo told reporters at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. "It's clear to us that we're making progress, my contract with the team is clear until the end of next year, I'm fully committed. "I have the full support of the team and we want to do it together," he added. Rosberg banned from F1 paddock after failing to receive Covid-19 vaccine 10:15 , Jamie Braidwood Former World Champion Nico Rosberg has been banned from the Formula 1 paddock after failing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine Rosberg, who clinched the title for Lewis Hamilton in 2016 before retiring just five days later, now works as a pundit for Sky Sports. But the 36-year-old will have to play his role remotely under the sport's new Covid requirements for 2022. All traveling Formula 1 staff - including drivers, team members, caterers and media - must be fully vaccinated to gain access to the paddock. Nico Rosberg has been banned from the F1 paddock after failing to receive a Covid vaccine Qualifying from 2pm What time is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifier and how can I watch? 10:04 AM , Jamie Braidwood Hamilton starts Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix - the eighth round of 16 this season - already 75 points behind Verstappen, that's three wins as both Hamilton and teammate George Russell suffered from heavy jumps on Friday. At one point in the first session, Hamilton's race engineer Peter Bonnington advised his driver to be careful when crossing the pit entry line when completing a lap. A frustrated Hamilton replied, "It's so bumpy I couldn't see the line." Russell, who finished ahead of Hamilton on every lap of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, has a 34-point lead over his teammate in the standings Seventh, 1.3 seconds back. Leclerc beats Perez 10-03 in second practice session in Azerbaijan. Jamie Braidwood Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took first place in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton struggled for 12th place, but the team was caught flat-footed in wet-dry conditions, edging out Sergio Perez in Baku. Fresh from winning Monte Carlo and signing a new contract that will keep him in Red Bull colors until 2024, Perez was fastest in the opening heat of the weekend. But the Mexican was attacked by Leclerc later in the day and was a quarter of a second behind the Ferrari man. Ferrari and Red Bull remain at the top of the Formula One class with third-order world champion Max Verstappen three-tenths back. Charles Leclerc ousts Sergio Perez in second practice session in Azerbaijan 09:57 , Jamie Braidwood Good morning and welcome to the news from Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc attempts to claim fourth consecutive pole position at the Baku street circuit to reach. Despite being denied victory at the Monaco Grand Prix last time out and having gone two months without a race win, Leclerc was in sensational form on Saturday and appears to be fast again on the Caspian Sea coast after beating the timesheets on the second Friday led free practice session. Despite being denied victory at the Monaco Grand Prix last time out and having gone two months without a race win, Leclerc was in sensational form on Saturday and appears to be fast again on the Caspian Sea coast after beating the timesheets on the second Friday led free practice session.

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Wolff is a strong supporter of the salary cap for F1 drivers

US sport works well with a salary cap and Toto Wolff believes the concept could benefit Formula 1 as well. (Author: Gardener)

USToto Wolff is wholeheartedly behind the idea of ​​a driver salary cap in Formula 1 and cites American sport as an example of why it would work. Driver salaries are currently exempt from the engineering budget cap, which is set at $140 million for the 2022 campaign. For top teams like Mercedes and Red Bull, paying their drivers means another huge expense. Lewis Hamilton is said to have earned $62m last year, according to Forbes, while the new deal Max Verstappen signed with Red Bull until 2028 is said to be worth €40m a year. Verstappen himself has said introducing a driver's salary cap is "completely wrong" because he and the other racers are "putting their lives on the line", but Wolff sees the other side of the argument in relation to the rising costs that teams are facing as a result to all of their employees. "It's a controversial subject for sure," the Mercedes team boss told reporters in Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. “We see that in Formula 1 as a whole we are facing a very difficult situation, the sport is booming and Formula 1 is making more money and that trickles down to the teams, but we have a cost ceiling. "We have $140 million for 1,000 people, with inflation - we weren't even able to pay for the inflation. “But the most successful US leagues in the world introduced salary caps 15 years ago. Wolff still sees a lot to do before the general conditions for a salary cap for drivers can be created. "But I think like all other sports in the world, we have to find a way to act sustainably and make ourselves independent of state funds or state clubs. “Nevertheless, they [the drivers] are enormous superstars, they deserve to be among the top earners in the sport in terms of direct salaries. "And then we have to find a way to unlock the endorsement, the ability to do endorsement deals that make up two-thirds if not more [of athlete revenue] for US sports teams - but direct salaries, the Formula 1 drivers get the." most." The article Wolff, which is strongly in favor of the salary cap of F1 drivers, first appeared on Planetf1.com.

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Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 Qualifying LIVE! Latest updates and news in the fight for pole position

Ferrari and Red Bull continue to battle at the top as the F1 calendar takes us to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. World Champion Max Verstappen was third fastest while Carlos Sainz completed the top four of a Red Bull Ferrari. (Author: Gardener)

Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 Qualifying LIVE!Ferrari and Red Bull continue to battle at the top as the F1 calendar takes us to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc was fastest in practice on Friday, only Sergio Perez prevailed in FP3 by 0.07 seconds. World Champion Max Verstappen was third fastest while Carlos Sainz completed the top four of a Red Bull Ferrari. Lando Norris was fifth. Verstappen looked set to top the timesheets with his final lap, only to be slowed down by traffic, much to his displeasure. As always, he will envision his chances in qualifying, which starts at 15:15 CEST. Lewis Hamilton's struggles continued in practice and it seems like he has a battle ahead of him to finish in the top 10 while Mercedes prepare for qualifying and finish 12th in FP3. Follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport's special coverage! Surely they are both a bit more self-confident privately. That meant FP3 started later and so will qualifying. About 15 minutes left before we can get the session going. We're about 25 minutes from the start of qualifying. How to turn on. TV Channels: Today's session will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F. Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also tune in online via the Sky Go app. Short of action as Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has raised concerns about the appointment of Shaila-Ann Rao as interim Formula One boss at the FIA, which governs the sport. Rao is a former personal advisor to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and served as the FIA's legal director between 2016 and 2018. "Certainly it's a problem," Binotto told reporters at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. "It's up to them to make sure there's no conflict of interest at all, to behave properly, and it's up to the President to make sure that." In the closing stages of FP3 was Max Verstappen, who was Charles Leclerc in the title race at nine points ahead on a lap that was poised to take him to the top of the charts only to be slowed down by traffic. Verstappen was third, 0.279 seconds behind his teammate, Carlos Sainz, in fourth. Lewis Hamilton finished more than a second and a half behind pacesetter Sergio Perez in the last practice session. The seven-time world champion was two tenths behind teammate George Russell, with the younger Brit eighth in the order. "Have you turned the engine down?" asked an amused Hamilton, 1.675 seconds off the pace. His race engineer, Peter Bonnington, replied: “Confirm Lewis. A late start to FP3 has resulted in qualifying being pushed back to 15:15 BST, only a 15 minute delay at the time. All of this is set up for another exciting qualifying session. Sergio Perez goes into qualifying at the top of the timesheets, 0.070s faster than Charles Leclerc. Max Verstappen, Carlo Sainz and Lando Norris round out the top 5. FP3 is currently underway, but before we get to that, here's what happened yesterday. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc has taken first place in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton fought his way up to 12th Leclerc, who was denied victory on home soil in Monaco two weeks ago when his team struggled in a wet Caught flat-footed in dry conditions ousted Sergio Perez in Baku Perez won in Monte Carlo and signs a new contract that will keep him in Red Bull colors until 2024 and was fastest in the opening race of the weekend but the Mexican was passed by Leclerc behind Ferrari later in the day Mann by a quarter of a second. Ferrari and Red Bull remain at the top of the Formula 1 class, with world champion Max Verstappen three tenths down in third place in the order. Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was fourth for Alpine, albeit almost a second slower than Leclerc, while Carlos Sainz was fifth in the other scarlet car. Good day and welcome to our live coverage of F1 qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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