Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is favourite to take pole in the inaugural qualifying session at the Baku City CircuitGetty

Lewis Hamilton was dominant in the inaugural practice sessions at the Baku City Circuit and laid down the marker for the rest of the grid. The Mercedes factory team looks clear favourites to take pole and victory, while the other Mercedes powered cars look to be the best of the rest with Ferrari and Red Bull struggling to find pace.

The drivers have given a thumbs-up to the circuit, but have pinpointed a few areas where it can be improved. There are a few modifications set to be carried out by the FIA ahead of qualifying and final practice on Saturday.

The drivers are still finding their way around the circuit and finding the right rhythm. Apart from Hamilton, all other drivers seemed to struggle to get the optimum out of the car in the first two sessions. It was all not good for Mercedes as Nico Rosberg suffered loss of power in the second session, with the problem being investigated following FP2.

Where to watch live

The third free practice session at the Baku City Circuit begins on 18 June at 11am BST, while the qualifying session starts at 2pm BST. Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD will provide live coverage of both events in the UK.

Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.

Top 10 results of the second practice session (FP2) from the Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan:

2 NICO ROSBERG 1:44.913 +0.690s
3 SERGIO PEREZ 1:45.336 +1.113s
4 VALTTERI BOTTAS 1:45.764 +1.541s
5 NICO HULKENBERG 1:45.920 +1.697s
6 CARLOS SAINZ 1:46.027 +1.804s
7 MAX VERSTAPPEN 1:46.068 +1.845s
8 SEBASTIAN VETTEL 1:46.219 +1.996s
9 JENSON BUTTON 1:46.234 +2.011s
10 DANIEL RICCIARDO 1:46.293 +2.070s