After the 2020 parenthesis forced by the coronavirus pandemic, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix go back to the calendar of the F1. In this case, the streets of Baku will be the scene of the sixth date of the tournament that will mark the first challenge of the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) as the tournament leader.
The Azerbaijan GP will feature, for the first time, the softer compounds in the Pirelli range for F.1: C3 as P Zero Blanco (hard), C4 as P Zero Yellow (medium) and C5 as P Zero Red (soft). The designation is a softer grade than in 2019 (last raced here) and is identical to the one used in Monte Carlo.
This designation is explained by the intention of adding an extra strategic factor: hard compound was not used in the 2019 GP, so a softer designation should increase the strategic variety.
Baku urban asphalt is less aggressive in terms of roughness and energy requirement for tires, so a softer designation is the most appropriate.
Many pilots define Baku as a complex circuit like Monaco and fast like Monza. From there you can deduce the nature of the track, which is the longest and fastest urban track on the calendar.
In addition, Baku also has the usual characteristics of any urban route: a slippery asphalt, but it evolves quickly. Its walls do not forgive mistakes, and it also has a particularly narrow point (curve 9), so the chances of the appearance of the safety car are high, with the consequences that it entails at a strategic level.
The top four finishers in 2019 opted for the same tactic: a single stop with a switch from soft to medium. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) finished fifth, opting for the reverse path: medium-soft (with an extra stop in the final section to set up a new game with a Red flank and set the fastest lap). The stop window is quite wide on this track, and long stints have been seen, specifically with the C3 compound (which this year will be the hard one).
Baku is known worldwide as the City of winds due to its windy and changeable weather. This characteristic alters, of course, the aerodynamic behavior and complicates the configuration of the cars.
The long straight invites teams to opt for low-load setups. Therefore, its emphasis shifts to the mechanical grip of the tires.
AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIZE SCHEDULES 2021
|04/06||Practice 1||12.30 to 13.30||05.30 to 06.30||03.30 to 04.30||03.30 to 04.30|
|Practice 2||16.00 to 17.00||09.00 to 10.00||07.00 to 08.00||07.00 to 08.00|
|05/06||Practice 3||13.00 to 14.00||06.00 to 07.00||04.00 to 05.00||04.00 to 05.00|
|Classification||16.00 to 17.00||09.00 to 10.00||07.00 to 08.00||07.00 to 08.00|
THE BAKÚ CIRCUIT
Extension: 6.003 meters.
GP total distance: 306,049 km.
Number of curves: 20 (12 on the left and 8 on the right).
Distance from pole to first stop: 137,8 meters.
Changes per lap: 70.
Fuel consumption: High.
Maximum speed: 331 km / h.
Maximum lateral force: 3.8 G at turn 18.
DRS zones: Between curves 1 and 3 and 20 and 1.
Ideal sectors for overpass: Curves 1 and 3 braking.
Absolute record: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 1: 40.495 to 215,044 km / h in Q3 of the 2019 GP.
WINNERS OF THE AZERBAIJAN GP
|2017||Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)||Red Bull-Renault|
|2018||Lewis Hamilton (ING)||Mercedes|
|2019||Valtteri Bottas (FIN)||Mercedes|
DRIVERS: 1) Verstappen, 105 points; 2) Hamilton, 101; 3) Norris, 56; 4) Bottas, 47; 5) Pérez, 44; 6) Leclerc, 40; 7) Sainz, 38; 8) Ricciardo, 24; 9) Gasly, 16; 10) Ocon, 12; 11) Vettel, 10; 12) Stroll, 9; 13) Alonso, 5; 14) Tsunoda, 2; 15) Giovinazzi, 1.
BUILDERS CUP: 1) Red Bull Honda, 149 points; 2) Mercedes, 148; 3) McLaren-Mercedes, 80; 4) Ferrari, 78; 5) Aston Martin-Mercedes, 19; 6) AlphaTauri-Honda, 18; 7) Alpine-Renault, 17; 8) Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, 1.
TELEVISION FORMULA 1 IN 2021
The activity of the Máxima in Latin America is broadcast by ESPN y Star Premium Action. Fox Sport 3, meanwhile, it will broadcast the Grand Prix on a delayed basis. If you are a true fan of F.1, you may be interested in subscribing to F1TV, the platform of official streaming of the category that has different services according to the chosen subscription.
SCHEDULES FOR ARGENTINA
Friday June 4
- 05.30 Practice 1 by ESPN 3, ESPN App, DirecTV Go.
- 09.00 Practice 2 by ESPN 3, ESPN App, DirecTV Go.
Saturday 5 June
- 06.00 Practice 3 by ESPN, ESPN App, DirecTV Go.
- 09.00 Rating by ESPN, ESPN App, DirecTV Go.
Dominican 6 June
- 09.00 Race for Star Premium Action, DirecTV Go.