Jolyon Palmer obviously felt Perez didn't hit the barrier correctly in FP1, and made a decision to show him how it's done, hitting pretty much the exact same place at the halfway point in the session. With just minutes of the session remaining, the 19-year-old lost control of his vehicle under braking and span into the nearside barrier. I think we are OK, I think it is a question of getting everything together.
It seemed a fitting way to end the day, considering the Baku street circuit had been like an ice rink, with drivers sliding around as they constantly struggled for grip and balance. "Today was a good day obviously for myself and Max and hopefully tomorrow we can stay at the front where we are".
Hamilton, a victor last time out in Canada, failed to set a time on the super-soft tyre, the quickest of the three Pirelli compounds available here, after falling foul to Sergio Perez's crash and then traffic.
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Ricciardo had just joined him with 1m 44.880s when Perez got it wrong going into Turn 8.
McLaren is the only team yet to score a point, and continues to be blighted by its unreliable Honda engine, prompting growing speculation that management is out of patience and considering a deal with Mercedes as its engine supplier. It is close with Mercedes, Ferrari and also Force India and Williams aren't too far, so it looks pretty competitive out there, and it was fun.
The first practice got underway under a clear sky with track temperatures at a blistering 54 degrees C (129 degrees F). That dropped to a less demanding 44 degrees C (111 degrees F) when the second session started at 5 p.m. local time, the same time as Sunday's race.
Drivers continued to battle with low grip levels around the Baku City Circuit, with numerous off-track excursions, the worst being for Jolyon Palmer, who put his Renault into the wall at Turn 8 in a near repeat of Sergio Perez's FP1 accident. Romain Grosjean set the first timed lap of the day, but only after locking up his brakes on his way round, suggesting Haas are still struggling to get on top of their perennial brake issues.
Just before the one-third mark of the session Bottas became the first driver to head out on super softs. It was an error a number of drivers had made, but Verstappen was too late in making the decision to take to the escape road and ended up sliding sideways into the barrier and heavily damaging his vehicle.
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