Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The Azerbaijan GP is here once again, and it hosts Round 8 out of 22! After an unexpected race here last year, what could happen this year and will Max settle his unfinished business here after last year’s retirement?

Just like Monaco, the Baku City Circuit has areas where mistakes can’t be made, but unlike in Monaco there is more overtaking chances, especially down the straight.

Who needs a good weekend?

The Ferrari boys need a good weekend, the last 4 races a Red Bull has won, which has led them to lead both championships and have Perez close in on Charles in 2nd. Sainz needs to get a good amount of points on the board as he is 27 points away from Perez who is in 3rd. Either way a Ferrari needs to win this weekend to get back on form which we saw in the early few races.

Both Haas’ will also be wanting to do well this weekend, as they look to try and score double points (fingers crossed). After having both cars DNF last time out, Haas will be wanting to score to get further up in the constructors, they currently sit in 8th just two points away from Alpha Tauri in 7th.

Guanyu Zhou will be hoping for a good weekend, having scored a point in his first ever F1 race, it hasn’t all gone his way this year, finishing just outside the points in both Saudi Arabia and Australia, he then finished 15th in Imola and had two DNF’s in Miami and Spain, he then bounced back to finish 16th in Monaco. In F2 last year, he finished 3rd in Sprint Race 1 – hopefully he can put that to good use and get in the points this weekend!…

Predictions for qualifying-

My top five are- Pole: Verstappen, P2: Leclerc, P3: Perez, P4: Sainz and P5: Hamilton.

I feel like the battle for 5th will be between both Mercs, Lando Norris and Valtteri Bottas – all have very good cars and it looks like McLaren and Alfa Romeo have unlocked a bit more than Mercedes at this moment in time.

Times for the weekend-

Friday 10th

  • Free Practice F2 – 09:35am – 10:20am (BST)
  • Free Practice 1 F1 – 12:00pm – 13:00pm
  • Qualifying F2 – 13:30pm – 14:00pm
  • Free Practice 2 F1 – 15:00pm – 16:00pm

Saturday 11th

  • Sprint Race F2 – 10:30am – 11:15am (BST)
  • Free Practice 3 F1 – 12:0pm – 13:00pm
  • Qualifying F1 – 15:00pm – 16:00pm

Sunday 12th

  • Feature Race F2 – 08:05am (BST)
  • F1 Race – 12:00pm

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