F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel on the Pole at Baku
Saturday, Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) championship leader Sebastian Vettel posted a Pole position hat-trick by beating title rival Lewis Hamilton to the Top grid slot at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.
Mr. Vettel is 9 points ahead of MercedesAMG’s champion, he will be driving to convert his 3rd Pole running into a 3rd victory in 4 races Sunday.
Mr. Vettel pulled out a fastest lap of 1min 41.498secs, compared to Mr. Hamilton’s 1:41.677, on the fast street circuit along the shores of the Caspian Sea.
Mr. Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas was 3rd with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the race in Baku last year and in China 2 weekends ago, qualifying 4th for Red Bull on an overcast, rain threatened evening.
“I think it will be an intense race. Anything can happen here and safety cars are very likely,” said Mr. Vettel, who eased his pace into the Top 10 during Friday’s FP sessions, but led the pack Saturday.
“The good point is that our car was really good this afternoon so it should be in a good place tomorrow,” added the 4X world champion after taking his 53rd career Pole.
Red Bull Racing’s enfant terrible Max Verstappen starts 5th alongside Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who had looked like he could join Mr. Vettel on the front row for the 3rd race in a row, and possibly beat him, but made a big mistake on his last lap.
“It’s a pity for Kimi because until the last corner he could have been on Pole,” said Ferrari principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
The line up on the Grid for Sunday’s race.
Enjoy the racing.