Round 04 Azerbaijan

  • A chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix saw the team pick up a point as Brendon finished in the top ten for the first time in his Formula 1 career.

Report

BAKU CITY CIRCUIT, Azerbaijan, April 29, 2018

A chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix saw the team pick up a point as Brendon finished in the top ten for the first time in his Formula 1 career. Pierre made a great start to run as high as seventh early on but the chassis-PU package lacked top speed which made it difficult to defend the position. Brendon started on the soft tyre but an early safety car opened up strategic options and he stayed out of trouble to climb up to 10th place as a number of other drivers hit trouble ahead. Unfortunately Pierre was involved in an incident with Kevin Magnussen and crossed the line in 12th place.

The power unit ran reliably throughout the race and while a top ten result is a good return, the 2.1-kilometre run at full throttle to end the lap highlighted the difference in power compared to our rivals. Work will now continue to try and reduce this slight deficit while maintaining the recent level of reliability ahead of the start of the European season.

Comments

TOYOHARU TANABE | TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HONDA F1
“After a difficult first two days, both drivers did well to stay out of trouble in the early chaos and managed to move up the order, with Pierre running inside the top ten in the early part and again towards the end until the coming together with Magnussen.”

BRENDON HARTLEY
“That was an interesting race! From my point of view, I kept it clean but we didn’t really have the pace today to challenge in the midfield. In the areas we needed to overtake we just couldn’t get close enough.

There was a lot of drama around me, but I managed to keep my nose clean and take home my first World Championship point in F1, which is great! It was important for me to get to the end of the race today - especially after yesterday! I think at times during the race the pace was OK, but on the Ultrasoft tyre at the end I didn’t feel like I could challenge the cars in front. I would have loved to attack a bit more but let’s be happy with a point on the board…I’ll take this momentum into the next race!”

PIERRE GASLY
“I had a really good start to the race, from 17th I managed to get into the top 10 after the first lap, but after that it was really tough to hold my position!

I couldn’t do much to keep the cars behind on the straights and I was overtaken by quite a few. It was so difficult! After the final restart, I had an incident with Magnussen where he put me in the wall, breaking half of my floor, my mirror, and bending my steering. It was quite a frustrating race because with all of the retirements and without the collision I could have been in the points.”

Results

Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 04: Azerbaijan

Race

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
3 Sergio Perez Force India
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
5 Carlos Sainz Renault
6 Charles Leclerc Sauber
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren
8 Lance Stroll Williams
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
10 Brendon Hartley Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
12 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas
14 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
NC Romain Grosjean Haas
NC Max Verstappen Red Bull
NC Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
NC Nico Hulkenberg Renault
NC Esteban Ocon Force India
NC Sergey Sirotkin Williams

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