After a short success at the Grand Prix of China, Daniel Ricciardo resumed an unwanted record that 10 of the first time he made it on the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan has been missed.
Australia will start from P11 on a grid Sunday race, despite the fact that in 12th place after Antonio Giovinazzi was awarded a 10-seat grid, he will start the race.
He was lucky to be first in the 2nd quarter, after Robert Cubic highlighted the red flag with a big accident to start the first qualifying session.
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Ricciardo just got to his final round of flight, which was good enough for P15, but Kubicas' red flag meant it was enough because no other driver could finish his lap.
This included his teammate Nico Hulkenberg, who could only run the P18, and Romain Grossney, who would start one place before the German.
Renault will have to do a lot of work all night after all the weekend is forced to adjust its forces, as both drivers lose a lot of time to get to the corners.
Elsewhere, Valtteri Bottas followed his qualifying achievement in China with another pole position after two major crashes at Charles Leclerc and Robert Kubica in identical positions severely delayed their qualifications.
Finn set a new lap record to redirect his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and continue his strong start in the season.
Kubica went to the wall in the first quarter before Leclerc did the same in the second quarter, and a Ferrari man heard "I'm stupid, I'm stupid" when he got out of the car.
However, he still left for the third quarter and will start working on the 10th network.
With another Mercedes front row locker, Sebastian Vettel will start behind them with P3, with Max Verstappen completing second row P4 – his best ever on this track.
Ferrari will be disappointed with their performance if they might have maintained a pole position, but they will look to make changes on Sunday evening (AEST).
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