Well Baku was an exciting race, action packed around every corner and every lap, so exciting that for most of the race I didn’t even blink.
Wait, no, wrong race. Baku was awful, most of the track is too narrow so overtaking is impossible, then the flat out section from turn 16 to turn 1 is so long that with DRS help as well overtaking is too easy and boring. The track should not be holding an F1 race, it just does not work.
Rosberg started on pole, got a big lead early on, kept it, led every lap and won. Vettel moved up to second early on (with an easy DRS overtake) and then kept it, finished second. Raikkonen moved to third after other cars pitted and then kept it until the last lap where Perez just easily drove by with DRS. After lap 30 in the race and everyone had pitted there were 12 overtakes. Twelve. That’s not even an exaggeration either, look at the FIA lap chart and count them yourself.
And what other stats even are there about the race? Nothing really happened at all.
Well done Baku…
Not only we we well and truly treated at the European GP with the most exciting race in decades but the championship standings have taken a dramatic turn as well! Felipe Nasr has taken back his 21st place in the championship from fierce rival Pascal Wehrlein! Raikkonen moved up to fourth, Perez to eighth and Hulkenberg again moved up exactly one position.
|3||Sergio Perez||Force India||MEX||15||51||01:46.990||7|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||AUS||6||51||01:47.736||2|
|8||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||NED||4||51||01:46.973||9|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||GER||2||51||01:48.012||12|
|RET||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||ESP||–||31||01:48.804||18|
|RET||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||RUS||–||6||01:53.167||6|