Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton Have Discussed Move to Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton: why would I leave a team that can be greatest? Hamilton: Don't blame us!
Noah Ferguson | 15 May, 2019, 04:10

That was the 30th running of the event, where Niki Lauda notched his final Grand Prix win running for McLaren-TAG. "I plan on working with this team to help it become the most successful team of all-time".

The world champion refused to completely rule out the prospect after beating team-mate Valtteri Bottas to claim his third victory of the season, yet stressed breaking records with his current team was his priority. In the constructors' championship, Mercedes lead Ferrari by 96.

Bottas started from pole position but lost the lead to Hamilton at the start of the race.

There was no need for that on Sunday, with Bottas experiencing clutch problems at the start and having to settle for second. "Racing within a team, it's not really how F1 should be in my opinion, but it is how it is right now".

"You have to simply acknowledge that probably it's in every driver's head to drive at Ferrari one day".

It may seem a little harsh on Ferrari in eighth here with Red Bull, behind them in the championship, in third but it's the bigger picture which is more important.

Bottas yielded, in a move that Hamilton described as "respectful" and that was the race, on a circuit where passing is near impossible.

The safety auto bunched up the field again, creating some much-needed tension but Hamilton had everything under control at the re-start.

Ferrari junior driver Antonio Fuoco will take over the Italian team's test vehicle on Wednesday while Leclerc switches to the Pirelli auto that was driven by Sebastian Vettel on Tuesday.

Hamilton got the jump on Bottas off the line when Vettel surged forward and made it three abreast going through the first corner. We definitely did not expect to come in to the season winning the first five races, which is incredibly encouraging for everyone.

"We are disappointed for the race, disappointed for the performance in the weekend. We brought some upgrades, aero and engine, and were expecting somehow to be in the fight but it has not been the case". Pierre Gasly took sixth place for Red Bull, while Kevin Magnussen ended the race seventh for Haas.

Romain Grosjean completed the top 10 in the second Haas auto, dropping from eighth to the final points scoring position after making contact with his team-mate twice before later getting hit by Sainz.

Other than one freakish incident, Renault's Daniel Ricciardo reversing into Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat to retire both cars after overshooting Turn 3, the race around Baku's attractive tight streets and castle walls passed by without incident.

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