Why Mercedes' "worst Friday" leaves it behind Alfa in Baku
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Why Mercedes' "worst Friday" leaves it behind Alfa in Baku

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As Red Bull looked in dominant form during Friday practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Friday, title rival Mercedes was left with a lot of head scratching to do after finding itself behind a number of other teams on one-lap pace – which could have big ramifications come raceday

The 2021 Formula 1 title fight is a two-horse race between Red Bull and Mercedes, with the former leading the way by one point in the constructors’ championship after the opening five rounds of the campaign.

But after two practice sessions for this year’s 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the centre of Baku, there are five other teams currently nestled between F1’s usual frontrunners: Ferrari, AlphaTauri, Alpine, Alfa Romeo and McLaren.

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