2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix FP3 Report: Max Verstappen Crashes Out as Lewis Hamilton goes Third Fastest

Published 06/05/2021, 6:02 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Race marshals remove the car of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen from the track after he crashed during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


The final free practice session of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix witnessed plenty of action. The session was interrupted numerous times and red-flagged once. However, the biggest headline grabber was the crash of Red Bull driver, Max Verstappen.

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Sergio Perez, his Red Bull teammate, went fastest. There was some respite for Mercedes as well as Lewis Hamilton went third fastest and was less than half a second behind Perez. This will give Mercedes confidence.

Max Verstappen crashed out

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The Red Bull driver was carrying too much throttle on the entry to turn 15. He clipped his car over the yellow sausage kerb and lost control. His car then rammed into the barriers and even though he reserved his car and looked to drive his car into the pits, he couldn’t do it.

It was probably because of a broken front suspension. This brought out the red flags. Charles Leclerc similarly crashed yesterday during the morning session at turn 15. However, unlike Max, he was fortunate enough to drive his Ferrari F1 car out to the pits with just front wing damage.

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So, is he under threat to miss the qualifying session now? His mechanics will be racing against time to repair his car back to 100% with qualifying just a couple of hours away.

George Russell’s engine stalled

The Williams car of George Russell was blighted with electrical problems. With just 10 minutes to go into the session, he reported to his race engineer about the failure.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Williams’ George Russell in action during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Max was confident before the race

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The Flying Dutchman expressed his desire to be the best driver on the F1 grid. Or at least that’s the mentality that he has – “A racing car has a steering wheel and two pedals. That’s what you can control. As a driver, you always have to believe that you are the best.”

For now, he will be crossing his fingers that his mechanics repair his car in time.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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