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Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix – LIVE!

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In the week: the president of the FIA ​​backs down on Lewis Hamilton

Mohammed Ben Sulayem has insisted he supports Formula 1 drivers promoting social change after suggesting he was against Lewis Hamilton “imposing his beliefs” on the sport.

The seven-time world champion, along with Sebastian Vettel, has been a strong advocate for greater diversity and environmental concerns in F1 – something FIA president Ben Sulayem appeared to disagree with.

However, he has since sought to clarify his position and the 60-year-old tweeted on Thursday: “As a pilot, I have always believed in sport as a catalyst for progress in society.

“That’s why promoting sustainability, diversity and inclusion is a key priority of my tenure. In the same way, I appreciate the commitment of all drivers and champions for a better future.

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With just under an hour before lights out, review the Drivers’ Championship standings.

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Lewis Hamilton gives an overview of the race

“I literally tried everything with this car, all year I tried to do something different. I would say a lot of the time it didn’t work well – but that’s how it is. and we face this reality and we have to keep working. It’s crazy to think how far we are from the favourites.

“I’m just aware of whether we can get through the race with the rebounds, it’s a track where we might get overwhelmed.”

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In the week: Daniel Ricciardo responds to criticism

Daniel Ricciardo insisted he had ‘not forgotten how to drive’ as the Australian lost his Formula 1 seat with McLaren.

A poor start to the season cast doubt on the 32-year-old’s future, with McLaren CEO Zak Brown speaking publicly about potential break clauses in Ricciardo’s contract, should he continue to be upgraded by his teammate Lando Norris.

But the former Red Bull and Renault driver is confident he can come out the other side of this tough time.

“It’s kind of an ebb and flow where sometimes I get depressed,” Ricciardo told Crash. “But other times I’m excited and motivated to prove a lot of people wrong and I’m right.”

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Sergio Perez explains qualifying stutter

Red Bull were unable to get Sergio Perez out for Q3 as quickly as they wanted on Saturday and the Mexican discussed the “rush” before placing his car in second on the grid.

He said yesterday: “I have to answer the guys. The car does not turn on, so I think there was a communication problem. We just lost too many seconds and we all kind of rushed because it was hard to get there to get around.

“I think when you think about it…winning three tenths is probably too much – probably realistically I don’t think pole was achievable today, but we certainly could have been a bit closer – but I was on my own and it seemed to be quite costly here, especially in the back straight, without towing the cars in front.

“I could just see my delta, losing lap time. Basically, in all the straights, I lost a lot of time. But P2 we can still race from here we should be strong tomorrow in the race and hopefully we can keep Charles [Leclerc] under pressure.”

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