Grip levels remained low around the Baku City Circuit, with numerous off-track excursions. The worst was for Jolyon Palmer, who put his Renault into the wall at Turn 8 in a near repeat of Sergio Perez’s FP1 accident. Verstappen then went side on into the Turn 1 barriers within sight of the chequered flag, sustaining rear-end damage to his car.
Perez recovered to finish seventh in FP2 in his repaired Force India, behind Lance Stroll, the Canadian rookie turning in an excellent performance for sixth. Then came Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, Force India’s Esteban Ocon - and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton stranded in 10th.
But it was a session remarkable for incident, that could be summarised in three words: Yellow and red. Flags, that is.
After Palmer and Haas’s Kevin Magnussen had set the early pace, Kvyat posted 1m 46.868s and was in turn ousted by Vettel on 1m 46.089s, before Verstappen upped...
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