Verstappen fastest again but crashes in Baku

Sergio Perez crash

It was a not dissimilar story in the first session, at the beginning of the afternoon.

The super-soft runs were interrupted at the halfway point when the narrow, twisty Turn 8 claimed its second F1 auto of the day, as the Renault of Jolyon Palmer ground to a halt in the barriers with broken right-front suspension. It's often windy too, though that was not the big factor today.

As always, grip is expected to improve as more rubber is laid down on the track over the rest of the weekend. The Russian only managed to get a timed lap in right at the end of FP1 after a heavily disrupted session, so he clearly wanted to make as much of FP2 as he could. And then the tyres aren't hot enough, the braking gets affected, so does the cornering, and cars go down escape roads, get their tyres dirtier still, and so the vicious cycle continues.

Hamilton, who trails title leader Sebastian Vettel by 12 points ahead of the eighth round of the championship here in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku, was fifth in the opening session.

If you were a spectator it was exciting and you'd probably feel you'd got a good bang for your buck, possibly it was even slightly comical.

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The track had very little grip, despite the F2 cars having been out earlier.

Max Verstappen remained at the top of the timesheets for the second practice session in a row at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as the Baku street circuit proved a tricky track to master in the low evening sun.

Verstappen, meanwhile, was down to a 1:44.288 and then a 1:43.988 and a 1:43.894.

He was not alone. It was a mixed day for Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

"I think this is a circuit where you need to build up a rhythm, but we did not let Lewis out at the right times and he did not have the chance to do that", said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff of Hamilton, who has struggled to find the sweet spot in his vehicle earlier this year on other street circuits, including Sochi and Monaco. To stay there will be really hard, but at least we have better pace than normal. "I hope it's close tomorrow and hope we come out on top".

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"It was very weird", Verstappen told reporters. "At the end I locked up at turn 1, I could see I wasn't going to make the corner so chose to take the run off, as I turned right I lost the rear and ended up sliding into the wall".

With 30 seconds remaining, Verstappen lost control of the rear of his auto and slid into the barriers.

The Renault driver, 26, was four seconds slower than Verstappen's best effort and an eye-watering 1.3secs adrift of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who has out-qualified the Englishman at every round of the campaign so far.

"It was a fun day", Vettel said.

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