5 storylines for Sunday's race in Azerbaijan


"I still see the fire and desire very much burning in him [Hamilton]". Sector two will be key for us.

Speaking after qualifying, Hamilton said: "The Ferrari has been so dominant in the last couple of races pace-wise so we knew they would be very quick here which they have been all weekend and also Red Bull look pretty promising".

"We are in the mix, so I will try to give Seb a hard time tomorrow".

Ferrari's world championship-leader said he was "a bit greedy" on his final run while his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen cursed himself for a "painful" error that cost him pole.

"I struggled a little bit for confidence and trust in the vehicle which is important around here but when it clicks it keeps coming so it was really enjoyable". You feel like they're vulnerable unless they do something different.

Last year Baku showed us a thrilling race last season, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo winning.

Daniel Ricciardo, who won last time out in China and triumphed in Baku in 2017, is also hoping to get more out of his auto this weekend, despite topping the timesheets in FP2. I'm not sure what happened to them.

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"I was quite upset at the time in the auto, because I burnt my shot at an improvement and I didn't know what was going around me". "I was on the kerb and couldn't steer", said the Finn. The team did a great job overnight to make a step forward after what was a tricky Friday.

There was early drama when the Toro Rosso cars of Frenchman Pierre Gasly and New Zealander Brendon Hartley almost collided.

In the end, he was lucky to avoid what would have been a scary crash and Hartley accepted blame for the incident.

Fernando Alonso finished 13th - albeit he was moved up a place on the grid due to a five-place penalty handed to Nico Hulkenberg for a change of gearbox - while Stoffel Vandoorne continued to struggle, ending up in 16th after failing to get out of Q1.

Force India are on course for their best haul of points of the season with Esteban Ocon seventh and Sergio Perez eighth, while a superb Charles Leclerc qualified in 14th for Sauber.

Canadian Lance Stroll, third in Baku a year ago, will start 10th for Williams - the only team yet to score a point this season. If you wish to report any comment, simply click on the down arrow next to the offending comment and click "Report".