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Ferrari and Red Bull found themselves vying for the upper positions in Friday Practice, with the championship protagonists establishing themselves as the team to beat in the streets of Baku. 

Balancing top speed and downforce will be an excellent challenge for teams this weekend, with porpoising also proving to be a significant obstacle on the first day of running. 

Most teams struggled from the porpoising phenomenon, so it will be up to the mechanics to minimise the bouncing phenomenon for the rest of the weekend. 

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Fernando Alonso was one of the highlights from today, finishing 5th and 4th in Free Practice 1 and 2, respectively. The Alpines are reasonable in the first two sectors but have tremendous straight-line speed, with Alonso and Ocon consistently setting the best sector three times of the day. 

The French team has brought a notable sidepod upgrade for this weekend, and so it will be intriguing to see how Alpine progress throughout the midfield. 

The rest of the pack seems relatively evenly matched, with Mercedes fighting to stay ahead of the midfield instead of pushing Ferrari and Red Bull at the front. 

The Alpha Tauri's look to be threats in the upper midfield at Baku, whilst the likes of Haas, Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo are yet to produce impressive lap times.

Still, Friday running can be misleading, so there is all to play for in qualifying and race.