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Mercedes to implement "short-term" fixes in Baku

Mercedes to implement

Max Verstappen: Verstappen has had a few incidences this season, and he has not finished where he should have in the opening races because of his tenacity.

Hamilton's future in F1 and indeed with Mercedes has been a talking point all year.

"Catching up is always easier than arriving with a vehicle that's ahead of everyone else's".

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen, too, seems more motivated (though it's always hard to tell with the Ice Man).

The 28-year-old won the China Grand Prix two weeks ago and was photographed with a lump on his lower lip, which was more noticeable when he celebrated his victory by drinking the winner's champagne from his racing shoe.

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"It was not very easy to start with, so during the first practice we made a decision to switch to a different set-up", said Raikkonen.

The main challenge of the circuit is to achieve maximum straight-line speed and high grip through the slow corners. So don't rule out another safety vehicle on Sunday. Last year, there were two safety auto periods before a red flag restart. For sure when we finish weekends and we haven't delivered the way we feel we should have, it's not a great feeling. Can Red Bull lay down marker in Baku?

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Vettel, who hit the back of Hamilton's auto before pulling alongside and banging wheels, had accused the Briton of "brake-testing" him but apologised later.

Sebastian Vettel: With two wins already to his name this year, Vettel will be looking to increase the distance between himself and Lewis Hamilton in the driver standings. We are still the same team that has won in previous years and I think we really can battle out these guys.

Daniel Ricciardo, who won in Baku past year and is coming off a victory in China two weeks ago, said he wasn't yet thinking of the title and that his team needed to show it could consistently challenge Mercedes and Ferrari.

Besides the tendency of Verstappen to collide with his rivals, Red Bull is also struggling to match Ferrari's qualifying pace.

"I think that in this place it is quite tricky to find the rhythm and in the first session I didn't", said Vettel.

At the other end of the grid, misery continues for Williams.

The young Dutchman has crashed at all three Grands Prix this season and came into this weekend under pressure to regain his composure and some consistency but slid his Red Bull vehicle into the wall after only half an hour.

Making matters worse is that this year's Azerbaijan Grand Prix is being run two months earlier than it had been for the last two years, when the weather was warmer.


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