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F1 Azerbaijan 2021 Grand Prix Preview and Race Prediction

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The 4th to 6th of June 2021 will see our return following the excitement of the Monaco GP, this time out we will be joining the drivers at the F1 Azerbaijan 2021 Grand Prix better known as Baku.

This race has got big shoes to fill after Monaco, where we saw the Drivers and Constructors Championship blown wide open with Max Verstappen capitalizing on a difficult race weekend for Mercedes and leading from start to finish taking P1 and finishing six places above Lewis Hamilton in P7. Resulting in Verstappen taking the lead of the championship with 105 points, four points ahead of Hamilton who has 101.

F1 Azerbaijan 2021 Grand Prix Track Details

Baku is the newest street circuit on the Formula 1 calendar, joining the ranks of Monaco, Melbourne, and Singapore. The first Grand Prix in Baku was held in 2016, labeled the European Grand Prix. Followed by the inaugural Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017, which witnessed one of the biggest upsets of the season, with Daniel Ricciardo getting the win over Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll, while Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel engaged in some argy-bargy behind the Safety Car.

The circuit is a mixture of wide and open and tight and twisty turns and stretches. The incredibly long main straight along the Baku shoreline is a slipstreaming mecca, and with cars able to run three abreast into Turn 1, the action often looks more IndyCar than F1.

However from there, the track loops around into the city’s narrow, winding Icheri Sheher old town, dramatically winding past Baku’s medieval city walls. As in Monaco, slightest mistakes are punished quickly and severely, while set-up wise, the teams are forced to choose between downforce for the twisty bits and less drag for the straight.

Number of Laps – 51

Circuit Length – 6.003km

Race Distance – 306.049 km

Lap Record – 1:43.009 Charles Leclerc (2019)

Race Recap

Last time out in Baku 2019 Valtteri Bottas extended Mercedes’ incredible opening to the 2019 season, enjoying a lights-to-flag victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as the Silver Arrows secured their fourth consecutive one-two of the season. Sebastian Vettel completed the podium in Baku.

Despite a relatively trouble-free Azerbaijan Grand Prix for much of the field, Daniel Ricciardo recorded his third non-finish of the year after running wide into Turn 3 and then reversing into the stopped car of Daniil Kvyat, who was also forced to retire.
in the race.

F1 Azerbaijan 2021 Grand Prix Prediction

My prediction for the F1 Azerbaijan 2021 Grand Prix, I see this race very much back to normal with Max Verstappen and Red Bull fighting it out for P1 with the Mercedes of Hamilton, followed closely on the podium by a specialist of Baku Sergio Perez.

GP MONACO F1/2021 – MERCOLEDÌ 19/05/2021 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

P4 to P10 is probably the most competitive it’s been all season with the second Mercedes of Bottas, the Ferrari’s of Sainz and LeClerc (the latter who missed out due to gearbox issues in Monaco), and the McLaren team Norris and Ricciardo all are fighting it out not just for P4 but to stay in the points.

After Monaco could, we see a revitalized Vettel after scoring his first points of the season for Aston Martin? Pushing the top teams for those spots in the points, his teammate Lance Stroll has been pushing the top 10 all season.

Throw in the mix the Alpha Tauri of Gasly, the Alpine of Ocon we could be in for a thrilling fight for points coming to the end of the 51 lap race. We have yet to see anything from the remaining Alpine of Alonso so far to suggest a threat to the points, the second Alpha Tauri of Tsunoda has struggled in recent races after a pro.

The Alfa Romeos had an improved race in Monaco due to the lack of overtaking opportunity but struggle to see a way they get any points from this race although wouldn’t be shocked to see Raikonnen find a way, Williams and Haas will seemingly be at the back of the grid the likely scenario for the season.

The Williams of Russell and Latifi did no more than go through the motions in Monaco but there was also little to no pressure from the Haas boys with Mick Schumacher having his worst weekend of the season after a crash in qualifying resulted in him failing to record a time and starting dead last on the grid another full race finished but very few positives to take from the experience, Schumacher’s Haas teammate Mazepin managed to keep his German teammate behind him but did little more in attempting to impact the race.

F1 Azerbaijan 2021 Grand Prix Prediction – Winner: Max Verstappen

So, there you have it, my prediction for the F1 Azerbaijan 2021 Grand Prix. Do you agree with my predictions for the F1 Azerbaijan 2021 Grand Prix? Leave your opinion down below in the comments!

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