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Azerbaijan GP: Ricciardo tops second practice

Azerbaijan GP: Ricciardo tops second practice

BakuA confident and in-form Daniel Ricciardo forecast he will be a strong contender for another victory in this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix after topping the practice times yesterday.

The big-smiling Australian, who won last year’s race and also the Chinese Grand Prix two weeks ago, was narrowly quickest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.

He said he felt he had a strong car for Sunday’s race, but feared that his main rivals may be faster in Saturday’s qualifying session.

“But even if we don’t qualify on the front row, we’ll still have a very strong race car,” he said. “We’re still in the group of favourites.”

Ricciardo clocked a best lap time of one minute and 42.795 seconds to outpace Raikkonen by just 0.069 seconds with Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen third, 0.116 seconds adrift.

Verstappen’s lap was a welcome outcome on another turbulent day which had seen him crash into the barriers during the opening practice in the morning -– after crashes and incidents at all of the three season-opening races.

Valtteri Bottas, who was fastest in the morning session wound up fourth for Mercedes ahead of team-mate and defending four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren.

Esteban Ocon of Force India was seventh, ahead of Carlos Sainz of Renault, Kevin Magnussen of Haas and Nico Hulkenberg in the second Renault.

World championship leader and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel was only 11th for Ferrari, but said he was not too concerned by his problems.

“It is a tricky circuit, but it is the same for all of us,” said Vettel.

“Probably, I struggle a little bit more than the others, but I am not worried. Towards the end I had a good rhythm and was quite happy so I think we can improve for tomorrow.” 




Performance lab open for football players

Performance lab open for football players

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Thomas De Gendt wins Romandie stage two

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Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Stockholm : Ending weeks of speculation, the Swedish football federation announced yesterday that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for the World Cup in Russia.


Archaeologists discover Incan tomb

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Peruvian archaeologists discovered an Incan tomb in the north of the country where an elite member of the pre-Columbian empire was buried, one of the investigators announced Friday. The discovery was made on the Mata Indio dig site in the northern Lambayeque region, archaeologist Luis Chero told

India mourns dead soldiers

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Disarmament must include China: Merkel

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GAA gets nod to purchase new full flight simulator

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Workshop focuses on VAT challenges for SMEs

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Broadening tourism horizons

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Bahrain attends Munich Security Conference

Bahrain attends Munich Security Conference

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Sinai blast condemned

Sinai blast condemned

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IS on brink of defeat

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A US-backed force in Syria is closing in on Daesh militants in a tiny area less than a square kilometer (square mile) in eastern Syria, and will soon declare the defeat of the militant group, a commander with the group said Saturday. The capture of the last pocket still held by Daesh figh

Rita Ora among £3.4m fraud victims

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Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom engaged

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Singer Katy Perry says she got engaged to actor Orlando Bloom on Valentine’s Day this year, following a three-year on-off romance. The “Part of me” hitmaker on Friday took to Instagram to share the news, reports daily