Friday’s Baku practice was very unique
By: Jake Rajala
The Friday Formula 1 practice for the Baku GP was completed today. Well, it’s safe to say that Mick Schumacher had a practice session to forget – as he had to exit the practice. Per Race Fans, Mick Schumacher feels that the water leak causing him to stop in the session was triggered by his car porpoising at such a high speed. It’s been known that the unique track has caused some teams to experience more proposing than usual. A day after Haas warned Schumacher that his crashes can’t continue, he has an unsettling experience on Friday.
Schumacher wasn’t the only driver re-living nightmare experiences. Lewis Hamilton wasn’t exactly a rockstar with his sixth-place finish in the practice session. It’s obvious that the golden boy of F1 needs to have a strong Baku race, as he’s currently ranked sixth in the F1 standings. Per Sky Sports F1, former champion Damon Hill believes Mercedes is facing big decisions with their beloved driver at this point in the season. Their trackside chief Andrew Shovlin has also expressed his concern for the team. According to F1, the team will be looking for “fundamental improvements” overnight.
Hamilton may not be defying expectations on the track, but he did impressively and deservedly receive honorary citizenship in Brazil.
There were positive & expected successes from F1 drivers – such as Sergio Perez. The Red Bull driver & Mexico hero took first place on Friday and it’s clear his dopamine is sky-high after the Monaco success. The F1 leader Max Verstappen and fellow Red Bull driver was also cooking in the Friday session – as he took third place. In poetic fashion, the second-place driver was Ferrari’s finest, Charles Leclerc.
The drivers will need to burn the midnight oil, maybe drink red bull, master the track surface, and make adjustments for the unearthly wind conditions. Per F1, Daniel Riccardio expressed, “it looked like we couldn’t drive straight!”. The world is certainly a quirky place and the track in Azerbaijan delivers its own style. Perhaps each driver that takes the podium on Sunday will also be recognized as an air-bender.