Charles Leclerc achieved pole position for the second race in a row, but unlike the Grand Prix of Monaco, on the streets of Baku overtaking is more than safe, mostly due to the long straight. It was hard to expect Leclerc at Ferrari to defend their position ahead of the faster Mercedes and Red Bull cars.
But he did not expect to fall so quickly out of reach of the conqueror of the podium, and this may be due to a twig or similar thing that fell on the track. Asked about possible problems, Charles said: "It wasn't great.
I have no idea what it was on the track, it looked like a tree branch. I saw that the track was slippery in turn number 15 and then I was very surprised with that thing there so I had to go wide and then I slowed down… and unfortunately, then the race started to elude us because we were overtaken by Lewis and then it was even harder in dirty air.
" “We knew Max, Red Bulls and Mercedes had a bit more speed than us in the long run so I tried not to fight too much with them." "I tried to concentrate on my own race so that the damage would be less, but these remnants on the track are not the cause of our fourth position today anyway, they would overtake us a little later.
In the last two laps, Leclerc had a battle with Gasly for the third position, but at the same time, he had to look in the rearview mirrors and watch what Norris was doing with whose McLaren Ferrari was fighting for third place in the constructors ’standings.
He described the duel with Gasly as his favorite part of the race: “I really enjoyed the last part, but the first part of the race was not great. It was, for example, expected, it was not a big disappointment. " Sebastian Vettel finished second on the podium while his teammate Lance Stroll finished the race on lap 31 due to an accident.
Until that moment, Stroll was a candidate to achieve a great result and take more points. Leclerc was impressed with the speed that Aston Martin had. "I think today's two big surprises are for both Aston Martins who flew on the track and we have to try to understand what they did right today," Leclerc concluded.