Yesterday saw Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas claim a record fifth consecutive 1-2, the 44th since the hybrid formula was introduced in 2014 and the 79th win of the 105 races held in that time. Pierre Gasly simply hasn't been a factor in the second Red Bull in 2019, and in a sport where beating your teammate is the first priority, Verstappen has put a dent in Gasly's reputation from which the Frenchman may never recover.
Behind the Mercedes duo, there was another bungled-up strategy from the Ferrari team.
The Williams drivers locked out the back row of the grid, with George Russell blitzing Robert Kubica by 1.2 seconds, though the Englishman will start last when he serves a grid penalty for changing his gearbox before qualifying after a crash in Saturday morning practice. Therefore, Ferrari chose to let Charles Leclerc past the German to try and catch up with the leaders. Vettel let his teammate Charles Leclerc through to 4th place on Lap 12, but by then Leclerc was already 11sec off the lead. For Leclerc, this slow stop meant that the gap to Verstappen was allowed to grow to 10 seconds. It's still just the fifth race with these new regulations and more potential to unlock.
With 20 laps left in the race, a Safety Car was brought out after an incident between Lance Stroll and Lando Norris left gravel strewn across the track.
Hamilton got the jump on Bottas off the line when Vettel leapt forward and made it three abreast going through the first corner. Ultimately, it was the Dutch driver who would prevail.
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After the opening five races, Ferrari are 96 points adrift of Mercedes in the constructor's championship.
Hamilton took an extra point for the fastest lap of the race, his first of the campaign, and was helped by a safety auto deployment 20 laps from the end giving him a free second pitstop. Behind him on the podium, and in the driver's championship standings, are Bottas and Verstappen.
Behind the clear big three teams, the midfield battle behind is hotting up nicely, and there was plenty for neutral fans to get their teeth into, as the Haas drivers fought for supremacy early on before being the sandwich for a McLaren and Toro Rosso filling of Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat by the finish.
Other than one weird incident, Renault's Daniel Ricciardo reversing into Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat to retire both cars after overshooting Turn 3, the race around Baku's attractive tight streets and castle walls passed by without incident.
Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez qualified 14th and 15th.