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Summary

  1. Bottas wins ahead of Hamilton by 1.5 seconds
  2. Mercedes record four consecutive one-twos with Baku win - a new record
  3. Grosjean, Gasly out, Ricciardo and Kvyat out after Australian reverses into Kvyat

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    That's that for this live page. Not the race we were all hoping for, but another perfect day for Mercedes, who take a one-two with Valtteri Bottas ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

    For Ferrari they have a lot of work to do, and have two weeks to do it in before the next race in Spain.

    Until then, bye for now.

  2. 1988, 2004, and 2019?

    As for significant years of dominance, cast your minds back to 1988 and 2004 which were solid for McLaren and Ferrari with Schumacher and Senna championship wins.

    Mercedes have beaten the record of starting the year on one-twos from Williams in 1992, by one. But in both 1988 and 2004, neither Ferrari or McLaren were that dominant four races in.

    There is a long way between here and Abu Dhabi, but should we be surprised to see a team so far ahead only four races in?

    Schumacher 2004
    Senna Prost 1988
  3. Bottas beats Hamilton to Azerbaijan win - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    baku

    Mercedes set an all-time record of four consecutive one-twos at the start of a season as Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. For the fourth race in a row, Ferrari were unable to challenge Mercedes - and again there were questions about the strategy chosen by the Italian team.

    Sebastian Vettel finished third, never very far behind the Mercedes, but team-mate Charles Leclerc finished fifth when it looked for a while as if he might have been able to take fourth ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

    Leclerc's consolation on a weekend that he had looked like dominating until crashing in qualifying was a point for fastest lap. The result makes Mercedes the first team ever to start the season in such a dominant fashion and puts their drivers in an enviable position in the championship.

    Bottas returns to the lead of the championship, leading Hamilton by the point he gained for fastest lap in Australia. Vettel is 35 points behind.

  4. 'I was too friendly at Turn One'

    Lewis Hamilton says: "It was an under-par performance for myself. It's not that I don't enjoy the race here, I just struggle - I got quicker at the end but it was too late then.

    "I didn't get the job done in qualifying and in the race I was too friendly at Turn One and basically gave it to him, but he drove a great race and deserved the win."

  5. 'A hard battle'

    More from Valtteri Bottas, he says: "It's going to be a hard battle with Lewis. It's about getting every point you can. He was, for sure, trying everything he could to win the race, but I have to focus on my own driving and I was driving corner to corner and at the end not thinking about laps."

  6. 'It’s the whole package'

    Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz came seventh and eighth respectively and have been discussing their McLarens

    Norris says: "We need more grip, and better aerodynamics. There's not one specific problem with the car, it’s the whole package if we can be more efficient with aerodynamics, that’s what we need."

    Carlos says: "The car is responding, it's decent in qualifying and even better in the race - that means we can fight. At least we are in Q3 we are in the points - we’re getting there."

  7. 'A good recovery'

    Lance Stroll, who finished ninth in the Racing Point, says: "It was good to get both cars in the points - its encouraging and a good recovery from missing Friday morning practice.

    "It's a blast to come through the field and make up places, especially when the car is going well.

    "So you can come off the brakes later and carry more speed it's one of those tracks which requires 100% focus, and to be able to capitalise on opportunities to overtake when they come is great."

  8. 'It could’ve been a positive race for us'

    Fifth-placed Charles Leclerc says: "To be honest I believe there is a reason we stayed out so long I need to look at the data before I make any comments, overall I felt we lost a bit of time.

    "I actually asked is there any possibility to come back - they told me no - so from that point onwards it wasn’t to push it was to save the tyres and get the fastest lap when the opportunity came. We had no chance to come back in front.

    "I think that on the mediums we were very strong and basically if you look at the leaders they did the longest stint on the mediums.

    "It could’ve been a positive race for us. There is nothing wrong with the team, it's just my mistake yesterday which I have put myself down enough for... I will come back stronger."

  9. 'Sliding around' after the VSC

    Max Verstappen, who finished just outside of the podium in fourth, says: "I lost a bit of time behind Perez but you don't want to risk it and touch.

    "The pace we showed on the medium tyres was good. After the VSC (virtual safety car) we didn't have the grip and the tyre temperature - which is key here - and I was just sliding around.

    "It depends on the upgrades everyone else is bringing, as to how competitive we can be in Barcelona."

  10. Silver Arrows battle

    Could the drivers' title be won and lost by a fastest lap? At the moment the Mercedes pair are separated just by that fastest lap point that Bottas claimed in Australia last month.

    Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen and Lando Norris will probably be happy with their totals so far, Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly less so.

    Drivers' title race
  11. Post update

    We've been looking for other examples of early-season dominance. The Williams duo of Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese finished first and second respectively in each of the opening three races in the 1992 season. Mansell won the fourth race in Spain, while Patrese did not finish.

    But it was back to normal in race five in San Marino with Mansell first and Patrese second. Not surprisingly, Mansell won the drivers' title with Williams storming to the constructors' title.

    williams 1992
  12. Mercedes running away with it

    That's a 74-point lead for Mercedes in the team championship. Already. After four races.

    Constructors' championship
  13. Get Involved

    Bottas wins in Baku #bbcf1

    Lady T: Phew, I definitely preferred a Mercs 1-2, than a no finish due to a collision. It could have happened but didn't. Thank God for that. Not as exciting as I thought it would be but still interesting in some parts.

    Fish Hailu: The reason why Ferrari is messing up with their strategy is that they have got brilliant Charles Leclerc who could surely win them many points, however, history is in favor Vettel so does their strategy.

    Leodian: Maybe this will be like the grand Rosberg v Hamilton rivalry of yesteryear. Hope so, given Ferrari's form and failure to formulate an answer to team Mercedes

  14. Post update

    Leclerc gets the fastest lap bonus point. Probably not much consolation when he should've been at least fourth.

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  15. 'We need to chase them down'

    Sebastian Vettel, who came third, says: "The first stint was really poor I struggled to get the tyres to work, then I damaged them, then when they did get hot I couldn't use use them properly they were damaged and I couldn't get a feel in confidence for the car - that’s not so good around here. After that I was looking forward to a difficult stint on the mediums but they got up to temperature quickly and lasted to the end.

    "I think we had some pace. We had to keep an eye on Max behind - with some of the lapped cars he was getting close, but we had enough pace on the mediums to keep him behind.

    "We got third and there's plenty of work for us to do but at this point I think we need to maximise what we can.

    "The last four races we were quite there so we’re not the favourites going into Barcelona we have some upgrades coming and we need to chase them down."

  16. 'Great for the team'

    Second-placed Lewis Hamilton: "Congratulations to Valtteri, he drove a fantastic race, made no mistakes and deserved the win. It was all lost in qualifying. It's great for the team and this is the best start of the season we've ever had.

    "It's a team effort, everyone at the factory is working non-stop and come back more hungry for success. I'm really grateful to be part of it. For once we were able to push all the way."

  17. 'This is only my fifth win'

    Race winner Valtteri Bottas says: "It was actually a tough race even though not that much was happening at the front - Lewis was putting on pressure, but everything was under control. I'm happy to take the chequered flag and take first place.

    "It means a lot to win, it's incredible - the team to do an amazing job and we're all performing really well. This is only my fifth win."

    Valtteri Bottas
  18. Classification

    This is how they finished. Happy?

    Finishers