With so much happening on track, it's understandable that the drivers weren't getting up to quite so much mischief in the paddock, thus it is a quieter rankings week this time out. There's still time for some juggling, and some singing, as well as a glimpse at the Force India boys in happier times - will they still be like that after what happened in Baku?
Coming up on this show, we discuss three part rage, another change of attitude and several surprising top threes. It was a packed race so naturally we have a packed podcast full of discussion about the top three on the podium in Baku, and many of the events that allowed them to get there.
Daniel Ricciardo won after mostly inheriting the lead but doing a good job with it. Valtteri Bottas fought back from another first lap incident with Kimi Räikkönen to finish second, with Lance Stroll keeping out of trouble for an impressive third place.
Whilst the result of this Baku race was hugely unexpected, the mechanics of how we got there was an absolute riot. More pieces of carbon fibre were swept away by the mechanics than remained running on track, and somehow we had two retirements become unretirements, only for the drivers to pick up similar penalties and both then retire from the race once more.
Jolyon Palmer was unable to participate in qualifying in Baku after a fire on his Renault during FP3. That meant there were just four drivers dropped out in Q1, but they were the usual suspects – McLaren, Sauber and Haas.
First practice in Azerbaijan was dominated by Sergio Pérez, who crashed his Force India into the barriers at turn eight – a supremely narrow section of track that was the scene of plenty of drama. A lack of grip, smoke from tyre lockups, running wide off track and missing apexes and diving into run off zones was the order of the day, as the tricky Baku track caught out many a good driver.
Monisha Kaltenborn has been a mainstay at Sauber for many years, and has seen the team through several financial crisis situations during her time as team principal since 2012. Now, however, her tenure at the top has come to a close as she departs the team effective immediately. A statement made by the new owners, Longbow Finance, said the split was “by mutual consent and due to diverging views of the future of the company.”
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Much of the attention in recent days has been on the FIA's calendar announcement for next season, with a bumper schedule groaning at the seams. Before we get there, though, we've got the small matter of the rest of this year to finish. For the 2017 race, Baku has become the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, rather than the European race as it was last year. The street circuit didn't have the best of debuts so here's hoping there is more coming from the race this weekend.
The World Motorsport Council have signed off on the 2018 F1 calendar, a lot earlier than normal, and have approved 21 separate events to equal the largest season, alongside 2016. The most visible changes to the calendar include a return to Germany and France, the latter having been off the schedule for a decade, as well as the departure of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The week between races can often be a bit slow for driver activity, but that's not the case this time out. We've got reactions from the Le Mans event, a new drink related extra-curricular activity and looking for pace even in the most mundane of places. Canada's been and gone and it's over to Baku the drivers are heading, so we'll be watching closely to see what they get up to.
There was quite a lot to talk about following the Canadian Grand Prix - the team orders debate sparked up again, a discussion over which teams are only running one decent driver, as well as the continuing woes at McLaren (when will they end??) and the brilliance of spotting a Ferrari cap at 200mph.
There's a lot of team-building going on in this week's rankings, with many activities before, after and during the Canadian race to help foster good relationships within each squad. Red Bull threw their guys in the water, Mercedes told their two to get on their bikes, and there was even some simultaneous head-drawing at Force India.
Lewis Hamilton led away from pole, remained out front for every lap and took a comfortable race victory over teammate Valtteri Bottas. Behind him, though, there was chaos. Max Verstappen swept up into second off the line but his Red Bull gave up just a few laps later. Carlos Sainz swiped into Felipe Massa, knocking them both out of the race on the first lap. Sebastian Vettel took some front wing damage that dropped him down the order but he fought back to fourth place.
There was talk of rain and safety cars, but in the end only one of those predictions came true. The gusty conditions didn't provide too much of a challenge to drivers, but they had plenty else to think about. Tyre strategy was paramount, as was dealing with safety car periods (both virtual and physical).
The first session of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix had the normal names dropping out, Stroll, Vandoorne, Magnussen, but Jolyon Palmer got through to the second. He was helped by the fact that Pascal Wehrlein hit the grass and spun into the barriers, giving his Sauber colleagues a significant amount of work to do overnight.
A lack of grip and confusion over the best car setup were complaints heard throughout the day in Montreal on Friday, as drivers were spinning all over the place. In FP1, Carlos Sainz stopped on track with his Toro Rosso smoking gently, whilst Fernando Alonso also stopped at the hairpin for another McLaren disappointment.
It was always going to be an adjustment for Fernando Alonso to return to Formula One, after having so much fun (and doing so well!) in the Indy 500 last month. However, he’s due to return to the car in Canada and for the rest of the season. After that? He’s not so sure.
Where Monaco has popularity going for it but a race track that fails to deliver in terms of spectacular racing, Montreal manages to combine both attributes to great effect. The atmosphere is always great, the conditions often changeable, the circuit challenging for drivers, the racing exciting, and a general feeling of goodwill washes over everyone watching. Let's hope 2017's race can just add to that great feeling.
It’s a sight we’ve been waiting for for a long time, but Robert Kubica has participated in, and completed, a full test with the Renault team at the Valencia circuit in Spain. The Polish driver was last in a car in 2010, before his F1 career was interrupted by a horrific rallying crash that caused severe injuries to his arm.