The Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) set the best time on Friday in the first day of free practice of the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, marked by the continuous incidents and that has concluded with Carlos Sainz (McLaren) in seventh position.
The fourth edition of the Azeri event, marked by chaos and uncertainty in previous years, did not disappoint in this first contact and the cover of a sewer became the protagonist of the first race.
The piece was dislocated after the passage of Leclerc and it was George Russell (Williams) who suffered the consequences. Barely had been disputed 12 minutes when the British car brushed the lid leaving a trail of sparks and finally the ground was torn, causing many small pieces of the vehicle to jump through the air. He stopped his car shortly after and the car had to be taken to the pits with the help of a crane. He could not shoot the rest of the day.
After a few minutes in which the workers on the track tried to seal the cover with the help of a tool, the race management decided to suspend the session for safety. Only the Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, had set official times at that time, so we would have to wait until the afternoon to draw more solid conclusions.
Sealing the culvert and solved this unexpected problem, it was possible to dispute the afternoon session, in which the combination of long straight lines with very closed curves of the circuit also ended up causing havoc.
Thus, the leader of the championship Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) came to rub his car with that of Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) took a strong lateral blow, Lance Stroll (Racin Point) could hardly roll for another accident and Romain Grosjean (Haas) was on the verge of colliding with Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) when he backed out of an escape in which both agreed, among other incidents.