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Lewis Hamilton cleared by stewards at F1 Azerbaijan GP qualifying

Last Updated: 11 Jun 2022 - 18:33

Lewis Hamilton was cleared by F1 stewards after an investigation into whether he drove unnecessarily slowly during qualifying at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc earned pole position for Ferrari, ahead of Red Bull pair Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc.

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Lewis Hamilton cleared by stewards

He was under investigation for driving too slowly during F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix but there was no wrongdoing.

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Lewis Hamilton on being investigated by stewards

“We are one of the slowest cars on the straight so I needed a tow. The rule is you have to be within your delta time from the safety car lines.

“I was within my delta, I slowed down and pulled completely off-line to let other cars go by, but they didn’t want to go by.

“Interesting scenario because when we were in Barcelona there were cars that just completely ignored the delta and drove ridiculously slow and one or two go penalised a reprimand, but they were going way way way slower they would have gained at least five degrees cooler tyres and that’s why they were so quick.

“I remember when they were going slow, I went around them, but today I was within my delta, I was offline and it was safe.

“I don’t think it is a problem. They had a choice to get by but they didn’t and I was in my delta.”

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16:53

Toto Wolff on Lewis Hamilton being investigated

"I cannot pre-empt what the stewards will say. I think he was within the delta time."

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Hamilton under investigation

F1 stewards are deciding if Lewis Hamilton will be given a penalty for driving unnecessarily slowly.

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W13. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 8, Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku Street Circuit,
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Leclerc produces stunning lap to take Baku pole

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Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 8, Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku Street Circuit, Azerbaijan,
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Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari F1-75. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 8, Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku Street Circuit,
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It's Leclerc on pole for the Azerbaijan GP! Perez and Verstappen complete the top three.

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It's second for Perez ahead of his teammate.

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It's a 1m41.359s for Leclerc. Stunning lap.

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Sainz is 0.4s down in the first sector. What can the other contenders do?

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An issue for Perez has meant he's been sent out on track later.

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Order after the first runs:

Sainz, Leclerc, Perez, Verstappen, Gasly, Russell, Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso and Tsunoda.

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It's provisional pole for Sainz with a 1m41.814s, 0.047s ahead of Leclerc. Just 0.175s between the top four after the first laps.

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Q3 is now underway in Baku.

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Out in Q2: Norris, Ricciardo, Ocon, Zhou and Bottas.

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Chequered flag out...

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Hamilton moves up to sixth in the Mercedes, a place ahead of his teammate.

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In the drop-zone currently: Hamilton, Ocon, Ricciardo, Zhou and Bottas.

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Zhou goes 14th in the Alfa; 15th for Bottas.

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Perez returns to the top of the timesheets with a 1m41.955s, 0.133s ahead of Sainz.