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Force India and Williams show big signs of improvement as Fernando Alonso qualifies in a familiar P13 position.
Marcin Budkowski is in the Azerbaijan paddock this weekend, his first grand prix on the ground with the Renault team.
Fernando Alonso enjoyed a solid start in Baku; Force India show signs of improvement.
Billed by Christian Horner as the driver most likely to replace Daniel Ricciardo should he leave, Carlos Sainz insists he’s not yet thinking about 2019.
Renault will be hoping to extract more performance from their RS18 as boss Cyril Abiteboul confirmed updates are coming to both Baku and Spain.
Carlos Sainz concedes that he is playing catch-up to Nico Hulkenberg, who has “little tricks” that make him “very, very fast in qualifying”.
Renault technical director Bob Bell is confident they will remain in the mix to be the best of the rest come the end of the season.
Nico Hulkenberg has declared himself “happy” with his start to the season but warned it is too early to be considered a success.
Carlos Sainz has said he is open to continuing his career with Renault beyond his initial year-long loan spell.
Renault grabbed a double points-haul in China while Fernando Alonso scored for McLaren and Kevin Magnussen for Haas.