False dawn for F1 giants as Mercedes star fumes; Ferrari gun’s ominous warning: Practice Wrap

By Baku standards, Friday practise was surprisingly uneventful, but after two hours of track action

we only know enough to conclude the race is still too close to call.

Over the course of the day, the power balance shifted from Red Bull Racing to Ferrari

But the Bulls are convinced that they will reclaim first place before qualifying

And if not, then they'll be strong in the race at the very least.

However, both teams are growing increasingly prone to technological gremlins

Both were plagued by hints of unreliability during practise.

Some of it was due to George Russell's bouncing, which he has plainly had enough of.

He wants F1 to step in and do something about the health impacts of so-called automobile porpoising

Last year, the 21-year-old dominated the Formula 2 competition, claiming his third junior championship in as many years.

The Formula One season begins on Sunday at 9 p.m. with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (AEST).