Daniel Ricciardo backs into trouble with three-place grid penalty as Mercedes team-mates share uneasy post-race silence… FIVE things you missed from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
- Daniel Ricciardo reversed into Daniil Kvyat causing both drivers to retire
- Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton home in Mercedes one-two finish in Baku
- But team-mates shared awkward silence in the podium room post-race
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Mercedes were the stars of the show once again in 2019 as Valtteri Bottas led home another one-two in front of Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
It marks a fourth straight one-two finish for the Silver Arrows as they take a strangle hold on both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships.
But even on an unusual quiet afternoon on track, there was plenty going on under the radar as Sportsmail looks at the things you may have missed from Baku.
Valtteri Bottas led home Mercedes’ fourth one-two finish of the season at the Azerbaijan GP
Ricciardo reverses into trouble
It proved a horror weekend for Daniel Ricciardo, who never seemed to recover from being forced into an early pit-stop for fresh tyres.
But worse was to come for the Australian who in trying to pass Daniil Kvyat missed his braking point, forcing both drivers off the road. Trying to rejoin the track the Australian ended up reversing into the Toro Rosso, leading to damage to both cars that would cause them to retire.
Ricciardo apologised to his former Red Bull team-mate after the race, but as a result of the incident has still picked up a three-place grid penalty for the next race.
Renault star Daniel Ricciardo reversed into Toro Rosso counterpart Daniil Kvyat
The Australian caught up with his former Red Bull team-mate after the race to apologise
Mercedes left speechless in podium room
Mercedes may have achieved a fourth straight one-two finish but you would not have thought it looking at the podium room after the race.
Not a word was said between Bottas and Hamilton who hovered around the unusual sight of a floral sofa in the background in an uneasy manner.
Only the emergence of Sebastian Vettel to break the silence released the unusual tension between the Mercedes team-mates who previously have been relaxed in each other’s company.
Bottas and Lewis Hamilton failed to say a word to each other in the post race cool down room
Friends of yours, Bernie?
Bernie Ecclestone was back on the scene in Baku but having endured an awkward looking exchange with Ross Brawn on the grid before the race, appeared much more comfortable with those dressed in Union Flag plastered clothing.
Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone speaks to fans dressed in Union Flag attire
Leclerc makes his point
Charles Leclerc was a strong favourite to take pole position and even the win before binning his chances of both with a costly crash during qualifying on Saturday.
As a result the Ferrari driver was left all alone in fifth late on in the race reflecting on a missed opportunity.
But with a 30 second gap behind him, the Monegasque driver pitted with a few laps to go for a new set of tyres to try and set the fastest lap.
It finally came on the penultimate lap and ensured he took home the extra point.
Charles Leclerc left it late to make a pit-stop and grab an extra point by setting the fastest lap
How long will that arm stay unwashed?
There were a delighted set of children in the paddock who got to mee their F1 heroes, but seemed to lack any paper to collect their autographs.
F1 has a way of getting around problems though, and drivers including Haas’s Kevin Magnussen took to signing the arms of the young fans.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen signs a child’s arm before the Azerbaijan Grand Prix