The F1 world order has been flipped on its head in recent weeks and Mercedes are taking no prisoners as the civil war heats up.
Qualifying Chaos as five drivers crash out
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – NOVEMBER 28: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks with Mercedes GP team members in the Pitlane during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 28, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is threatening to be a chaotic one after five cars crashed during qualifying, including Aussie Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo will start in 13th on the grid after he crashed on turn four during Q2, ending his chances of a top 10 start.
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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start on pole position, next to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly on the second row of the grid.
It was a dire qualifying for McLaren with Ricciardo’s crash and Lando Norris handed a three-place grid penalty.
Lights out at 10pm AEST.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Grid
1st row: Charles Leclerc (Red Bull) / Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2nd row: Max Verstappen (Red Bull) / Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
3rd row: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) / Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
4th row: Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) / Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
5th row: Lando Norris (McLaren)* / Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
6th row: Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) / Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
7th row: Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) / Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
8th row: George Russell (Williams) / Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
9th row: Mick Schumacher (Haas) / Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
10th row: Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) / Lance Stroll (Aston Martin).
*Three grid place penalty
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It sets up an off-track battle that's just as intriguing as the on-track fireworks.
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