Valtteri Bottas put in a textbook performance to clinch his second race victory of the season in the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Finn looked composed and comfortable throughout a surprisingly incident-free race on Baku City Circuit, his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton having to settle for second after an initial furious wheel-to-wheel battle between the pair at the start.

Despite being considered to have the much faster car this weekend, Ferrari seemed unable to match the Silver Arrows for race pace. Sebastian Vettel ultimately finished in third ahead of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, who pulled off a nice bit of damage limitation after his crash in qualifying the previous day.

Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W10 lead at the start of the race.

With three cars required to start the race from pit lane – Robert Kubica, Kimi Raikkonen and Pierre Gasly all sent to the naughty step for various rules infractions over the course of the weekend – it was a somewhat depleted grid of just 17 cars that lined up in the afternoon sunshine of Baku, headed by the two Mercedes cars of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

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Lewis Hamilton rejected Max Verstappen’s suggestion that an unwritten rule exists between drivers that governs on-track behavior during out laps in qualifying.

The Red Bull charger took aim at Sebastian Vettel and both Renault’s drivers after Saturday’s shootout session in Shanghai, accusing the group of ruining an attempt at a last-ditch effort in the closing stages of qualifying by overtaking before the end of his out lap.

“So they f****d up my entire build up, while there is an unwritten rule that you just follow each other,” an angry Verstappen told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport when all was said and done.

Hamilton responded on social media to the Red Bull drivers “unwritten rule” claim with a laconic “Nope”.

Daniel Ricciardo, who was among those that overtook Verstappen at the end of Q3, argued…

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Lewis Hamilton signed a new contract with Mercedes last year, pledging his future to the Silver Arrows until the end of 2020.
The 34-year-old Englishman’s new contract cements his status as Britain’s biggest sporting earner as well as the best-paid driver in Formula One history.

Data has been collected from various sources including outlets such as Forbes and the BBC, although some annual wages have been estimated while other salaries may not be accurate due to various finishing bonuses.

2019 F1 Driver Salaries…

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Alexander Albon – Toro Rosso: 150.000€
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George Russell – Williams: 160.000 €
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Antonio Giovinazzi – Alfa Romeo Sauber: 200.000 €
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Lando Norris – Mclaren: 225.000 €
Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso: 275.000 €
Robert Kubica – Williams: 500.000 €
Kevin Magnussen – Haas; 1.000.000 €
Lance Stroll – Racing Point: 1.000.000 €
Pierre Gasly – Red Bull; 1.200.000 €
Romain Grosjean – Haas; 1.500.000 €
Sergio Perez – Racing Point; 3.000.000 €
Charles Leclerc – Ferrari: 3.000.000 €
Carlos Sainz – Mclaren: 3.500.000 €
Nico Hulkenberg – Renault: 4.000.000 €
Kimi Raikkonen – Alfa Romeo Sauber: 4.000.000 €
Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes; 7.500.000 €
Max Verstappen – Red Bull; 12.000.000 €
Daniel Ricciardo – Renault: 15.000.000 €
Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari; 40.000.000 €
Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes; 50.000.000 €