Sergio Perez continued his strong form to outpace Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen in the opening practice session at the Azerbaijan GP.
Perez, buoyed by victory at the Monaco GP two weeks ago and the subsequent announcement of a two-year contract extension with Red Bull, was 0.1s faster than Leclerc, with Verstappen a further 0.2s back.
The other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz trailed Verstappen in fourth, while Mercedes endured a challenging session in Baku as Lewis Hamilton could only manage sixth, with team-mate George Russell eighth.
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