Ricciardo, winner of a chaotic race in Baku last year, had been a 0.035 of a second slower than Bottas in the first practice. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo staked his claim to a repeat Azerbaijan Grand Prix victory with the fastest time in Friday practice while Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton remained off the pace. Australian Ricciardo, the man of the moment after winning in China two weekends ago, lapped the fast straights and tight turns of the street circuit with a best time of 1 minute 42.795 seconds on ultrasoft tires.Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest on a cool and gusty evening, a mere 0.069 slower, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen coming back strongly from an afternoon crash with the third best time.
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