Live: Stewards disqualify former champ

Welcome to our live coverage of the F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The opening three rounds of the 2019 F1 season have seen Mercedes flex their muscles and claim back-to-back-to-back one-two finishes.

Reigning champ Lewis Hamilton sits atop the standings ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas while Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc battle for third.

Aussie Daniel Ricciardo earned his first points since joining Renault in the last race and will look to emulate that feat around Baku.

The lights are set to go green at 10:05pm (AEST).


‘Brilliant’ Ricciardo’s strong start

Traditionally the Baku circuit throws up plenty of thrills and spills but the start was surprisingly error free.

Lewis Hamilton put pressure on Valtteri Bottas early but the pole sitter stayed ahead as the Mercedes pair pulled away early.

Commentator Martin Croft called it a “brilliant move” from Ricciardo, diving down the inside and settling into ninth.

Charles Leclerc took over on lap three, dropping down to 11th as the Renaults struggle again.


Stewards disqualify former F1 champ

The action was thick and fast during the qualifying session with big crashes bringing two sessions to a halt.

First it was Williams’ Robert Kubica who clipped the barrier and went head first into the wall, before Ferrari young gun Charles Leclerc followed suit in the exact same spot on the course.

New Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly topped the timesheets in the first qualifying session, but he’ll unfortunately start the race from the pit lane.

He won’t be alone however with Kubica also starting from the pitlane and now they’ll be joined by a former F1 champ.

Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen has been disqualified from qualifying results after stewards found the front wing of his car failed a post-session deflection test.

When Kimi #Raikkonen gets DQ from quali and you just put him in your fantasy #f1 team ?‍♀️

It means three cars will all start from the pit lane with Raikkonen’s disqualification meaning good news for Aussie Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo will now start from 10th on the grid.


Full starting grid

1. Valtteri Bottas — Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

2. Lewis Hamilton — Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

3. Sebastian Vettel — Scuderia Ferrari

4. Max Verstappen — Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda

5. Sergio Perez — SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

6. Daniil Kvyat — Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

7. Lando Norris — McLaren F1 Team

8. Charles Leclerc — Scuderia Ferrari

9. Carlos Sainz — McLaren F1 Team

10. Daniel Ricciardo — Renault F1 Team

11. Alexander Albon — Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

12. Kevin Magnussen — Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

13. Lance Stroll — SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

14. Romain Grosjean — Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

15. Nico Hulkenberg — Renault F1 Team

16. George Russell — ROKiT Williams Racing

17. Antonio Giovinazzi — Alfa Romeo Racing

Pit lane start

18. Robert Kubica — ROKiT Williams Racing

19. Pierre Gasly — Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda

20. Kimi Raikkonen — Alfa Romeo Racing

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