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Summary

  1. Leclerc fastest, Vettel 2nd, Hamilton 3rd
  2. Stroll and Kvyat crash, Hamilton nearly involved in heavy crash
  3. First practice cancelled - Russell's car damaged by loose drain cover
  4. Rescue truck then crashes into bridge

Live Reporting

By Niamh Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. See you tomorrow

    We'll be back from 10:30 BST for final practice

    Well that was rather eventful. Our morning practice session was cancelled after some ridiculous mishaps with a drain cover, a Williams car, a recovery truck, a bridge, and some hydraulic fluid.

    The Formula 2 qualifying session had some action with two marshals being knocked down by the rear wheels of Sean Gelael.

    Since then, there have been multiple red and yellow flags, some flames from brake disks, and plenty of drivers going off the track, and some not returning to it.

    See you tomorrow for some more action in Azerbaijan.

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  2. Read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    kvyat crash

    Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari one-two with an impressive performance in an incident-packed second practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

    The 21-year-old led the way for much of the session and ended it 0.324 seconds ahead of nominal team leader Sebastian Vettel with Lewis Hamilton third.

    But Hamilton was 0.669secs off Leclerc's pace as Ferrari made a flying start to the weekend with a heavily upgraded car.

    There were two red-flag periods after crashes for Lance Stroll and Daniil Kvyat.

    Stroll lost control of his Racing Point at Turn Two early in the session, taking off his front-left corner after losing the rear on the way into the corner.

    And Kvyat had a big impact at Turn Seven with about 25 minutes to go, again because of a rear-end snap, heavily damaging the left-hand side of his Toro Rosso.

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  3. TWO McLarens remain in the top 10

    1. Leclerc
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Verstappen
    5. Bottas
    6. Kvyat
    7. Sainz
    8. Albon
    9. Gasly
    10. Norris
    Lando Norris
  4. Post update

    Renault team boss, Cyril Abiteboul says: "We can't complain, but we just need to take one step at a time and need to understand our competitiveness and reliability.

    "We just need to think about tomorrow and Sunday in particular to make a good decision. It's a tricky circuit."

  5. We got there in the end

    How many flags have we had - I've lost count.

    Ferrari were quickest in this session, with Hamilton and Verstappen up in the mix.

    1. Leclerc
    2. Vettel
    3. Hamilton
    4. Verstappen
    5. Bottas
    Charles Leclerc
  6. Handbags!

    Kevin Magnussen, brushes the side of Lewis Hamilton.

  7. Yellow flag - another one

    Pierre Gasly went off the track when Grosjean was already in the run off area... that potentially could've been dangerous so he may get a call to the stewards.

  8. Radio message - Verstappen

    Verstappen: "It's really rough on the downshifts."

    Engineer: "Standby."

  9. Radio message - To Bottas

    Engineer: "There's quite a bit warm up on the mediums, so push them hard."

    Valtteri Bottas
  10. Radio message

    Nico Hulknenberg: "Front locking is becoming a big issue."

  11. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    For Charles Leclerc, Ferrari did a practice pit stop and front wing change, they held him for around 10 seconds, but it's a strange old Friday here in Baku.

    Charles Leclerc
  12. Yellow flag

    Seven-and-a-half minutes to go and Giovinazzi is off again, but no contact with the wall, so once he's done his seven-point turn, he'll be back underway.

  13. Who's finished?

    • George Russell can't drive again until tomorrow
    • Daniil Kvyat has returned to the pits with damage
    • Daniel Ricciardo has retired from this session with damage
    • Pierre Gasly has returned to the pits
    • Max Verstappen has set the fourth fastest time, but returned to the pits to check the balance of the car
    • Lance Stroll has retired after colliding with the wall
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  14. Get Involved

    Chris Marsh: So a broken Williams (no fault of their own) and a Stroll crash, I'm waiting for "Honda engine failure", "McLaren broken down" or "Could Alonso be returning" for Free Practice bingo.

    Alastair Stewart: The key question for #BakuGP is how much wall there will be left when the race is over on Sunday.

    Daniil Kvyat
  15. Green flag

    With 15 minutes to go, how many more coloured flags can we get through?

  16. Car balance is off for Verstappen

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    There's a lot of work on the front, Max isn't 100 percent happy with the car and how it's feeling. They're balancing the car with the 'heavier members' of the team to try and even it out for Max.

  17. Costly mistake

    Max Chilton

    Former F1 driver

    It's one of those really frustrating situations to be in as a driver.

    It was only a small mistake. He's hit the wall at a serious speed and the the front left came off (I think) with a very small impact.

    Unfortunate...but a mistake on a street track and it's always going to be costly.

    Kvyat
  18. Kvyat unharmed

    The birthday boy signals to the marshals the flames licking his brakes, on his front left wheel, and quickly tries to get out of the car, he is unharmed.

  19. BreakingDaniil Kvyat, is in the wall and on fire

    "I'm sorry guys, the suspension has gone."

  20. Yellow flag

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    He locked up the right front into Turn Seven, turned into the apex and the rear let go, into the wall.