Round Four of the 2018 F1 Championship takes place at the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan. Here are all the stats you need ahead of the sport’s third visit to the country!
?? BAKU RACE WINNERS
From two previous runnings of a Grand Prix at this track, each have had a different winner.
There’s only one previous Azerbaijan winner on the grid this year – Daniel Ricciardo who won last year’s chaotic race. Nico Rosberg is the only other victor of a Grand Prix here. Mercedes and Red Bull, therefore, each have one win at the track.
Daniel Ricciardo could become the first driver to take a back-to-back victory at this track this weekend – there has not yet been a repeat winner. If he does so, it’ll be the first time he’s won two races at a track and only the second time he’s won two races in a row.
The two races held so far here have been very different. The largest win margin came at the inaugural event in 2016, when Nico Rosberg won by 16.696 seconds in a lights to flag victory. Meanwhile, in 2017, Daniel Ricciardo won by just 3.904 seconds.
The average win margin at this track is 10.3 seconds.
?? ON THE PODIUM IN BAKU
Six different drivers have finished on the podium in Baku, with no driver ever finishing on the podium more than once.
Five of the six Baku podium finishers are on the 2018 grid. They are: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll. Nico Rosberg is the only man to have finished on the Baku podium who isn’t competing this weekend.
?? BAKU POLESITTERS
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have been the only two polesitters so far at this track. Merecedes have been the only team to take pole here.
The largest pole margin was in 2016, when Nico Rosberg took pole by 0.757 seconds, largely unchallenged as a result of Lewis Hamilton crashing out in Q3. Meanwhile, in 2017, the smallest pole margin at this track became 0.340 seconds.
The average pole margin at this track is 0.549 seconds.
?? SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The pole to win conversion at this track so far is 50%.
The furthest back win in Azerbaijan was from Daniel Ricciardo last year, when he started from tenth on the grid.
?? SUNDAY STATS
The Safety Car likelihood here is 50%. In 2016, there were no Safety Car periods, but in 2017 there were four.
No races here have been affected by rain.
The 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix was the first in the country to feature a Red Flag.
The longest race was the 2017 race which, thanks to four Safety Car periods and a Red Flag, clocked in at over two hours long. The shortest race was in 2016, when Nico Rosberg claimed victory in a time of 1:32:52.366.
On average, sixteen cars finish this race. In 2016, eighteen cars reached the chequered flag, while in 2017, just thirteen cars made it to the end.
?? CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
No champions have been crowned at this track, but the winner of this race has gone on to win the championship on one of the two events (Nico Rosberg, in 2016).
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.