Leclerc on pole is no problem for Verstappen, Mercedes and Hamilton may be lumbered with their porpoising issue and Alonso still shines at 40 after breaking Schumacher’s record… seven things we learned from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Agony and ecstasy is the common phrase that can best describe the main talking points behind an eventful Azerbaijan Grand Prix. But there was devastation for their title rivals Ferrari after a double retirement, and there was literal agony for Lewis Hamilton who struggled to get out of his Mercedes at the end of the race due to the porpoising of his car shaking his back throughout the bumpy streets of Baku. Following the third race of the season in Australia, Leclerc led the championship from George Russell by 34 points, now he trails Verstappen by the same amount after dropping third behind Sergio Perez. Verstappen’s race pace at the time was much quicker and he would go on to hold such an advantage throughout the race, in the end winning by 20 seconds from his team-mate. Perez is now second in the drivers’ standings and while he is still only 21 points behind Verstappen, Red Bull still appear to be putting all their drivers’ championship hopes with the world champion.

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