Cheryl Kahla
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11 Jun 2022
3:46 pm

F1 qualifying delay: Here’s when to tune in for Azerbaijan Grand Prix today

Cheryl Kahla

F1's qualifying session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be delayed by 15 minutes. Here's why.

Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen attends the third practice session ahead of the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on 11 June 2022. Photo: AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix – which takes the 2022 season into round eight this weekend – will be delayed ever so slightly. Here’s when to watch the F1 qualifying in Baku on Saturday.

F1 qualifying, 11 June

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Sergio Perez set the fastest lap in the final practice session with 1’43.170; just 0.016s faster than Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari.

Leclerc will be aiming for the fourth pole position while Lewis Hamilton is hoping to claw back something from a “nightmarish campaign”.

This after Hamilton battled porpoising issues with his Mercedes W13 during practice, while George Russell ended in seventh place on Friday.

Russell lamented how Ferrari and Red Bull “just have an inherently faster car than us”.

“We’ve done everything we can to try and catch up”, he said.

Meanwhile, Max Verstappen ended the final practice session in third position.

When to watch F1 qualifying

F1’s qualifying session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be delayed by 15 minutes due to barrier repairs carried out earlier today.

Track officials were forced to carry out lengthy maintenance repairs to the Tecpro barriers.

F1 qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was due to begin at 4pm South African Standard Time (SAST) at the Baku City Circuit. It’s now set for 4:15 pm. Tune in on SuperSport or F1 TV.

Drivers unhappy

As reported by Andrew Benson back in May, drivers are still “dissatisfied” with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) decisions this season.

When asked at a press conference if they were “happy and satisfied” with how the FIA president was handling matters, “none of them wanted to answer”.

Benson said: “It was really awkward… Long story short, no one is really happy with the FIA at the moment.”

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