The specially constructed street circuit will see F1 cars race around the stunning downtown area of Baku, incorporating its UNESCO-protected old city - Icheri Sheher historical-architectural reserve - as well as its modern skyline and attractive Caspian Sea promenade. Qualification races will be held today after the third practice session. "I think that Baku has created the best conditions for the fans".
Hamilton finished with a fastest lap of 1:40.593. "Like always, we should not celebrate on a Friday, but we are in the ballpark, so hopefully tomorrow we can stay at the front".
"First of all, the leading driver can manage the pace". Currently, Ferrari's Vettel leads the chart with 141 points, followed by the two Mercedes cars, Raikkonen's Ferrari, and the two Red Bulls.
Ferrari's Vettel, who seemed infuriated with Hamilton after the British driver slowed on the exit of Turn 15 under safety auto conditions after a red-flag stoppage, collided with the triple world champion's Mercedes and was hit with a 10-second stop-go penalty, which saw him drop from second to ninth.
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The race will be restarted once the track has been cleared.
Tilke's edgy design appropriately reflects the character of the city that Baku has grown to be, with the circuit thriving on the city's attractive urban atmosphere and its combination of history and 21st century style. When it came to selecting the ideal route for the race, the organizers chose to emphasize the panoramic view of the city.
The width of the widest part of the track is 13 meters, and the narrowest part is 7.6 meters between the turns 7 and 8, which are along the Icheri Sheher (Inner City). "You push it to the limit, of course, but this is the completely wrong spot to overdo it", Vettel said.