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26 Jun 2017

There was no shortage of action on track in Sunday's 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but what was going on behind the scenes in the build-up to the Baku weekend? Here's just some of the highlights...

The real reason F1 drivers need strong arms...

Is this video speeded up or is Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz just as quick out of the car as in it? Either way, that's some exceptional autograph work!

 

Practice makes perfect

Fernando Alonso scored his - and McLaren's - first points of the season in Baku. Was it these extra practice laps that gave him the edge?

 

Behind the boss's back

F1 drivers are used to juggling multiple tasks in the cockpit, but this - from Daniil Kvyat - is taking the concept too far.

 

Are you trying to tell us something Fernando?

Fernando Alonso's future was the subject of much debate in Baku, and when the Spaniard donned this outfit, Force India couldn't resist joining in the conversation...

 

Love is in the air

From the joy of victory to the disappointment of defeat, Mercedes have witnessed much in their garage over the last few year - but this was a first...

 

A close shave

Sergio Perez's brilliant drive to third in the inaugural race in Baku clearly landed him a place in the hearts - and on the heads - of the local fans. How long until that grows out?

 

Practicing his victory song?

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo visited the theatre at the Heydar Aliyev Center in the run up to the Grand Prix, with the Australian taking the opportunity to test the acoustics of the venue. Safe to say a career in opera does not await...

 

Leading by example

As practice was getting underway in Baku, Williams' deputy team principal Claire Williams was back in the UK showing the next generation around Grove - the trophy cabinet was of course the star attraction!

 

The easier way to negotiate Turn 8

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Felipe Massa proving that it's slightly easier to take Baku's Turn 8 on foot than it is to thread the needle in an F1 car. Note the big kerb in the foreground - soon to be removed after Perez and Palmer had tagged the barriers.

 

Let's get it started

"I Gotta Feeling... that you're going to get pole today, Lewis," is what one of the Black Eyed Peas should have said to Lewis Hamilton.

 

Where is the love?

They may have both been feeling the love before the Grand Prix, but Max Verstappen definitely wasn't after recording his fourth DNF in six races. Daniel Ricciardo on the other hand? Well, this could be the start of a Baku romance...

 

How to start a rumour in one easy step

Was this meeting - between Mercedes head honchos Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff and Fernando Alonso confidant Flavio Briatore - just three friends enjoying a casual dinner or was it something more than that? We'll let you decide...

 

Robots in disguise?

There were plenty of fans in attendance on race day - and a few robots too. No word what they transformed into.

 

Fever pitch

How excited was this fan to see her hero Daniil Kvyat in Russia? Well, put it this way, it's lucky the pit building in Baku has reinforced glass windows... 

 

Style gurus

In the sunglasses stakes, Lewis Hamilton may have put Lance Stroll in the shade - but the Canadian had the last laugh in the race...

 

A sweet gesture to F1's super Swede

He may be without a point so far this season, but Marcus Ericsson sure knows his fans are behind him all the way.

 

And then a hero comes along...

Did singing superstar Mariah Carey always hope that 'One Sweet Day' she'd get to go on the grid and sit in the F1 safety car? We like to think so... 

 

Celebrate good times, come on!

On the one hand Lance Stroll's mechanics were overjoyed to see him celebrate third place long into the evening. On the other, they just wanted him to get off that case so they could finish packing up...

 

Peer pressure

F1's most unsanitary ritual returned in Baku - and Daniel Ricciardo had two new victims to prey on. Lance Stroll may have always dreamed of sipping champagne on the podium, but we're not sure he ever envisioned doing it out of a shoe...

 

A spectacular pack up

Having recorded their first double DNF of the season in Baku, Renault had little to celebrate after the race. But that didn't stop the team from enjoying the fireworks as they packed up!

 

Buttery biscuit race

We're not sure if this is a traditional Aussie phrase or not, but we get the gist of what our erstwhile race winner is trying to say. That was one Grand Prix that won't be forgotten in a hurry!