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Azerbaijan Grand Prix pre-race notes


F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan

Formula 1 heads to Azadliq Square for round six of the 2021 season, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on the high-speed streets of Baku.

Here’s what’s happening heading into race six in Baku

Race Information

2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku City Circuit

  • Date: 04 – 06 June 2021
  • Circuit Length: 6.003km
  • Race Distance: 306.049 km
  • Number of laps: 51
  • Official Lap Record: 1:43.009 – Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 2019
  • Turns: 20 (12 left, 8 right)
  • DRS Zones: 2
  • Tyre Compounds: C3-Hard | C4-Medium | C5-Soft [Softest Range]

Top Stories

  • Sun, clouds and 24⁰C, optimal weather awaits in Baku.
  • Ferrari replaces Charles Leclerc’s gearbox ahead of Azerbaijan GP without penalty
  • Mark Kay a.k.a Spirally Cut Crown Wheel becomes GP247’s F1 technical wizard
  • Yuki Tsunoda is finding the technical aspect of F1 challenging
  • George Russell wants his future decided by the summer break
  • Max Verstappen & Red Bull Honda lead both championships
  • Helio Castroneves wins 105th Indianapolis 500
  • Ross Brawn and F1 receptive to avoiding Indy clash dates
  • Sergio Perez new contract offer to wait until summer
  • Aston Martin announces partnership with Racing Pride

Top Quotes

  • Mattia Binotto [Ferrari] | “There are no silver bullets, so it’s a matter of approaching the mistakes as a lesson-learned approach, ensuring that each time a mistake is made it’s not a matter of blaming someone.”
  • Toto Wolff [Mercedes] | “While Baku is a very different street circuit to Monaco, we expect it to be another tricky one for us, not particularly suiting the characteristics and traits of the W12.”
  • Nico Rosberg [Sky Sports] | “The Alpine is not an easy car to drive and Alonso seems to be having a hard time with it. Now and then we see those flashes of genius from Fernando, which reminds me a little of Michael Schumacher when I was his teammate at Mercedes when he came back to F1. In the end, it has to do with age. Fernando has not been in F1 for two years and it will be a while before he is completely at the level he was again.”
  • Max Verstappen [Red Bull] | “The track is okay but probably not a favourite of mine if I’m honest. I’ve never been on the podium there so it’s time to change that. Let’s see how competitive we are.”
  • George Russell [Williams] | “I think it’s really exciting that Lewis has openly been talking about the next couple of years and it’s clear that he’s still performing at an incredibly high level. I think it will be amazing for the sport, and for Mercedes, if he were to continue. Obviously, as any young driver, you want to go against the best, and Lewis is the best.”

Memorable Azerbaijan Grand Prix Moments

  • George Russell hits maintenance hole cover | 2019
  • Fernando Alonso’s best race, P7 after an early double tire puncture | 2018
  • Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo collide | 2018
  • “I think Ericsson hit us” | 2018
  • Sebastian Vettel plays ‘ping-pong’ with Lewis Hamilton | 2017
  • “Hey! Hey! Steering Wheel! Someone tell him to give it to me!” Kimi Raikkonen | 2017
  • Lance Stroll first podium and ‘shoey’ | 2017
  • 378 km/h – Valtteri Bottas – Williams Mercedes | 2016
  • Lewis Hamilton helplessly stuck in the wrong engine mode | 2016
  • Sergio Perez stars with last lap pass on Kimi Raikkonen for final podium position finish | 2016

Race Stewards

  • Nish Shetty | FIA Steward
  • Dr Gerd Ennser | F1 and DTM Steward
  • Mika Salo | Retired F1 driver

2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Results

  1. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | 1:31:52.942
  2. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | +1.524
  3. Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | +11.739
  4. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Racing Honda | +17.493
  5. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | +69.107
  6. Sergio Perez | Racing Point Mercedes | +76.416
  7. Carlos Sainz | McLaren Renault | +83.826
  8. Lando Norris | McLaren Renault | +100.268
  9. Lance Stroll | Racing Point Mercedes | +103.816
  10. Kimi Raikkonen | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 Lap
  11. Alexander Albon | Toro Rosso Honda | +1 Lap
  12. Antonio Giovinazzi | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 Lap
  13. Kevin Magnussen | Haas Ferrari | +1 Lap
  14. Nico Hulkenberg | Renault | +1 Lap
  15. George Russell | Williams Mercedes | +1 Lap
  16. Robert Kubica | Williams Mercedes | +1 Laps
  17. Pierre Gasly | Red Bull Racing Honda | DNF
  18. Romain Grosjean | Haas Ferrari | DNF
  19. Daniil Kvyat | Toro Rosso Honda | DNF
  20. Daniel Ricciardo | Renault | DNF

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Previous Five Winners

  • 2020 Race not held
  • 2019 Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes
  • 2018 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes
  • 2017 Daniel Ricciardo | Red Bull Tag Heuer
  • 2016 Nico Rosberg | Mercedes

Previously in F1: 2021 Monaco Grand Prix

Top Five

  1. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Honda | 1:38:56.820
  2. Carlos Sainz | Ferrari | +8.968
  3. Lando Norris | McLaren Mercedes | +19.427
  4. Sergio Perez | Red Bull Honda | +20.490
  5. Sebastian Vettel | Aston Martin Mercedes | +52.591

Best Driver

Best Team

“Uh-oh”s

  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Mattia Binotto
  • Mercedes

“Way to go”s

  • Max Verstappen
  • Carlos Sainz
  • Lando Norris

2021 Drivers’ Championship Standings

  1. 105 | Max Verstappen
  2. 101 | Lewis Hamilton | -4
  3. 56 | Lando Norris | -49
  4. 47 | Valtteri Bottas | -58
  5. 44 | Sergio Perez | -61
  6. 40 | Charles Leclerc | -65
  7. 38 | Carlos Sainz | -67
  8. 24 | Daniel Ricciardo | -81
  9. 16 | Pierre Gasly | -89
  10. 12 | Esteban Ocon | -93
  11. 10 | Sebastian Vettel | -95
  12. 9 | Lance Stroll | -96
  13. 5 | Fernando Alonso | -100
  14. 2 | Yuki Tsunoda | -103
  15. 1 | Antonio Giovinazzi | -104
  16. 0 | Kimi Raikkonen | -105
  17.  0 | George Russell | -105
  18. 0 | Nicholas Latifi  | -105
  19. 0 | Mick Schumacher | -105
  20. 0 | Nikita Mazepin | -105

2021 Constructors’ Championship Standings

  1. 149 | Red Bull Honda
  2. 148 | Mercedes | -1
  3. 80 | McLaren Mercedes | -69
  4. 78 | Ferrari | -71
  5. 19 | Aston Martin Mercedes | -130
  6.  18 | AlphaTauri Honda | -131
  7.  17 | Alpine | -132
  8. 1  | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | -148
  9. 0  | Williams Mercedes | -149
  10. 0  | Haas Ferrari | -149





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