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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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Azerbaijan Grand Prix before qualifying at the latest as Sergio Perez leads the times

F1 Practice LIVE: The Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the latest before qualifying as Sergio Perez leads the times - Qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix takes place at the fast and exciting Baku street circuit (Author: Gardener)

Sergio PerezThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. 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 as Mercedes were off the pace again and it was the same in FP3 on Saturday as Perez topped the times ahead of Leclerc. Follow live updates from qualifying ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix below: Qualifying starts at 15:15 BST Sergio Perez tops the timesheets at the end of delayed FP3 13:40 , Lawrence Ostlere Lawrence Ostlere Lewis Hamilton is 12th, Valtteri Bottas will 19th 13:20, Lawrence Ostlere Qualifying has been rescheduled to 15:15 BST (18:15 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. 13:04 , Lawrence Ostlere Yellow flag in Sector 1 as Valtteri Bottas goes off the track at Turn 3. That will miss a couple of flying laps with about 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. 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 not currently included in this cap, but there is speculation that they may be soon. 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 This revenue helps fund The Independent's journalism. 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. LIV Golf: Where will the new tour be played? 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McLaren fears it won't be able to stay within the F1 cost ceiling in 2022

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl admits that his team expects to break the upper cost limit in Formula 1 by the end of the season. (Author: Gardener)

McLarenSeveral top teams have indicated that inflation and rising freight costs will make it impossible to meet the cap, with Red Bull's Christian Horner saying as many as seven teams will exceed the total 2022 limit of $141.2 million - $1.2 million in addition to an initial $140 million for the additional race over the 21 race plan. Seidl is still hopeful that the FIA ​​and F1 organization can broker a solution as talks drag on. "For us as a team that was scheduled to run at the cap earlier this year, with all these unexpected costs coming our way, we are in a position where we can no longer make the cap because you're just safe are a fixed cost to start the season," he said when asked by Autosport if the team could still stay within the cap. "You have a fixed cost with the resources you have, staff and stuff that you can't adjust anymore ." And with this unexpected huge increase in costs, mostly on the freight side and utility bills, we're in the same position as some other teams we can't get to this year. "And I'm still confident that we can at with all the talks that are currently taking place along with the other teams, with the FIA ​​and with F1, we are still finding the solution that is in the best interest of the sport going forward.” Seidl insisted that he still believe in the cap principle, arguing that it is necessary for both sustainability and closure of the field. "I don't want to go into too much detail about the talks we're having there with the other teams and the FIA," he said. "The most important thing is in the interest of sport that we find a defined solution for everyone, because I think that's also crucial so that the principles of cost capping aren't watered down or something. “I am absolutely glad that we have the cost ceiling. It was a necessity for the sport in general, for F1, but also for us as a team to be financially sustainable in F1. but also in a position where you can also be competitive in sport." It's just a new dimension or parameter that you have to take into account how you end the year in Formula 1." And it's clear, especially in the current circumstances that the development of the car is currently greatly affected by the cost cap, because of all these unexpected costs that have occurred lately.Asked whether he has in mind the 5% cap from which the cap will be exceeded The penalties got tougher - Seidl insisted he didn't: "I'm not focused on any particular point, I'm just focused on finding a solution that works for everyone involved. Everyone has an interest in us having a defined solution for this year."

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McLaren fears it won't be able to stay within the F1 cost ceiling in 2022

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl admits that his team expects to break the upper cost limit in Formula 1 by the end of the season. (Author: Gardener)

McLarenSeveral top teams have indicated that inflation and rising freight costs will make it impossible to meet the cap, with Red Bull's Christian Horner saying as many as seven teams will exceed the total 2022 limit of $141.2 million - $1.2 million in addition to an initial $140 million for the additional race over the 21 race plan. Seidl is still hopeful that the FIA ​​and F1 organization can broker a solution as talks drag on. "For us as a team that was scheduled to run at the cap earlier this year, with all these unexpected costs coming our way, we are in a position where we can no longer make the cap because you're just safe are a fixed cost to start the season," he said when asked by Autosport if the team could still stay within the cap. "You have a fixed cost with the resources you have, staff and stuff that you can't adjust anymore ." And with this unexpected huge increase in costs, mostly on the freight side and utility bills, we're in the same position as some other teams we can't get to this year. "And I'm still confident that we can at with all the talks that are currently taking place along with the other teams, with the FIA ​​and with F1, we are still finding the solution that is in the best interest of the sport going forward.” Seidl insisted that he still believe in the cap principle, arguing that it is necessary for both sustainability and closure of the field. "I don't want to go into too much detail about the talks we're having there with the other teams and the FIA," he said. "The most important thing is in the interest of sport that we find a defined solution for everyone, because I think that's also crucial so that the principles of cost capping aren't watered down or something. “I am absolutely glad that we have the cost ceiling. It was a necessity for the sport in general, for F1, but also for us as a team to be financially sustainable in F1. but also in a position where you can also be competitive in sport." It's just a new dimension or parameter that you have to take into account how you end the year in Formula 1." And it's clear, especially in the current circumstances that the development of the car is currently greatly affected by the cost cap, because of all these unexpected costs that have occurred lately.Asked whether he has in mind the 5% cap from which the cap will be exceeded The penalties got tougher - Seidl insisted he didn't: "I'm not focused on any particular point, I'm just focused on finding a solution that works for everyone involved. Everyone has an interest in us having a defined solution for this year."

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Final practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Leclerc who will be battling the Red Bulls for pole

F1 Qualifying LIVE: Updates on the final practice session of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Leclerc set to battle Red Bulls for pole - Qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix takes place on the fast and exciting street circuit of Baku (Author: Gardener)

LeclercFollow 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. 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. 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. Leclerc secured pole position here last year, although it was Sergio Perez who took the win in a chaotic race. 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. 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 takes place, with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton desperately looking for improvements. Before qualifying begins, the third and final practice session takes place, with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton desperately looking for improvements. The seven-time World Champion was only able to finish P12 in Friday's practice session as Mercedes were again off pace and struggling with 'porpoises', apparently causing difficulties for the team on the long and bumpy pit lane. The seven-time World Champion was only able to finish P12 in Friday's practice session as Mercedes were again off pace and struggling with 'porpoises', apparently causing difficulties for the team on the long and bumpy pit lane. Follow live updates from FP3 and qualifying ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix below: Follow live updates from FP3 and qualifying ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix below: 11:00 , Jamie Braidwood Max Verstappen says Formula 1 , which introduces a salary cap for drivers, "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. 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 at risk because we're doing it Hamilton responds to FIA President's criticism for 'imposing his beliefs' in F1 10:45 Jamie Braidwood Lewis Hamilton has told the ruler of Formula 1's governing body he will not be silenced - and encouraged his fellow drivers to be more open Ahead of this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, FIA President Mohammed ben Sulayem posed asked whether Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Lando Norris should voice their views Hamilton, who has become a leading voice for improving diversity within sport, said: "I've heard d as he clarified things on social media, which is positive. 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, with the former champions. The 32-year-old joined McLaren from Renault last season, his contract running until the end of 2023, but his efforts to get a grip on the Woking team's car have continued into a second season, which begs the question whether he will see it for the duration of his deal. "Yes, well, first we talked, we had a catch-up," Ricciardo told reporters at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. 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 would have. Rosberg, who beat Lewis Hamilton for the 2016 title before retiring just five days later, now works as a pundit for Sky Sports. But the 36-year-old will have to perform his role remotely under the sport's new 2022 Covid requirements. All traveling Formula 1 staff - including drivers, team members, caterers and media - must be fully vaccinated to access the paddock receive. 10:07am Jamie Braidwood Qualifying begins Saturday 11th June at 3pm BST. What time is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifier and how can I watch? 10:04 a.m., Jamie Braidwood Hamilton starts on Sunday in the Azerbaijan GP - the eighth round of 16 this season - already 75 points behind Verstappen, which corresponds to three wins. And his Mercedes team continues to battle the porpoise issues that have devastated their season as both Hamilton and teammate George Russell suffered from severe knocks on Friday. At one point in the first session, Hamilton's race engineer Peter Bonnington advised his driver to be careful to cross the pit entry line when he has completed a lap. A frustrated Hamilton replied, "It's so bumpy I couldn't see the line." At the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix, he was 34 points ahead of his teammate in the standings and finished seventh, 1.3 seconds back. Leclerc beats Perez 10:03 in second practice in Azerbaijan, Jamie Braidwood Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took first place in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton worked his way up to 12th. Leclerc, who had denied victory on home soil in Monaco two weeks ago when his team was caught flat-footed in wet and dry conditions, edged out Sergio Perez in Baku. Fresh from the Monte Carlo win and a new contract that will see him remain in Red Bull colors until 2024, Perez was fastest in the opening race 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 World Champion Max Verstappen third in line, three tenths back. Charles Leclerc ousts Sergio Perez in second practice session in Azerbaijan

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