BAKÚ, 30 Apr. (dpa/EP) –

The French driver Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and the German Nico Hülkenberg (Haas) will start this Sunday the Azerbaijan Grand Prix race, the fourth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, from the ‘pitlane’, reported Formula 1.

Ocon’s pitlane start was already confirmed on Saturday after Alpine made changes to his car’s suspension setup in parc ferme conditions, where teams cannot make major set-up changes.

Haas has followed suit and has changed Hülkenberg’s suspension setup as well. Hülkenberg will start behind Ocon at the tail of the ‘pitlane’.

Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) got pole position for Sunday’s race, but finished Saturday’s sprint race in second position behind the winner, Mexican Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez (Red Bull).

Baku hosts the first sprint weekend of the season and under a recently approved new format, in which Friday’s qualifying sets the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix, while a new separate Saturday qualifying sets the order for the race. to the sprint of the same day.

The defending champion, the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leads the Drivers’ Championship ahead of his teammate, ‘Checo’ Pérez.