F1 Team Form: Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Mercedes are the only team with multiple Baku wins, while Red Bull have recorded a single podium finish at the circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix!


MERCEDES

WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 5

2019 RESULT: BOTTAS 1st, HAMILTON 2nd

Mercedes have won all but one of the four races held so far at the Baku City Circuit. Nico Rosberg took a dominant win at the inaugural F1 race in Azerbaijan in 2016, Lewis Hamilton took a fortuitous victory in 2018 after his team-mate suffered a puncture just laps from the end of the Grand Prix and Valtteri Bottas won in 2019. There’s yet to be a race here without a Mercedes driver on the podium, as Bottas finished as runner-up in 2017, beating Lance Stroll to the finish line by a matter of centimetres. Bottas’ misfortune in 2018 marks the only time a Mercedes car has finished outside of the top five so far at the circuit. Bottas didn’t cross the finish line in 2018 following his late race puncture, but was classified in 14th in the final order as he’d completed over 90% of the race distance.

Mercedes have reached the final part of qualifying with both cars on every trip to Azerbaijan so far, and have taken pole three times. Lewis Hamilton’s crash in the final part of qualifying in 2016 is the only time a Mercedes car has qualified outside the top three grid slots here. Mercedes locked-out the front row in both 2017 and 2019.


Red Bull took victory at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as Daniel Ricciardo took the team’s only podium finish so far at the circuit. In the last three Baku races, Red Bull have suffered four DNFs at the track. Most notably, 2018’s race ended in disaster for the team as Ricciardo collided with team-mate Max Verstappen, recording their first double DNF at the Baku circuit. With Verstappen also retiring in 2017, and Pierre Gasly failing to finish in 2019, 2016 is the only year where in which both Red Bull cars have finished in the points in Azerbaijan.

Red Bull reached the final part of qualifying with both cars on every occasion up to 2019 in Baku. In 2019, Pierre Gasly was fastest in Q1 but was already set to start from the back of the grid after a weighbridge infraction in practice and did not set a time in Q2. He was then excluded from qualifying for exceeding fuel flow limits. Red Bull’s best qualifying position is third for Daniel Ricciardo in 2016, which became a front-row start after Sergio Perez’s penalty.

RED BULL

WINS: 1, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1

2019 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 4th, GASLY DNF


McLAREN

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: SAINZ 7th, NORRIS 8th

For a second season in a row, McLaren scored with both cars at the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. With seventh place, Carlos Sainz equalled Fernando Alonso’s best result at the Baku City Circuit for the team from 2018. Alonso’s seventh place was somewhat miraculous considering he had a double puncture on the first lap! 2018 was also the first time both McLarens finished in the points at the circuit, with Stoffel Vandoorne also coming home in ninth place, while Lando Norris followed Sainz in eighth place in 2019. 2016 is the only season that the team have left the track pointless in 2016, as Jenson Button finished eleventh and Alonso recorded McLaren’s only retirement so far in Azerbaijan.

McLaren reached Q3 in Azerbaijan for the first time in 2019, with Lando Norris qualifying seventh. Carlos Sainz was eliminated in Q2 but started within the top ten. Before 2019, at least one McLaren had been eliminated in the first part of qualifying on all three appearances so far at the track, while 2017 is the only time both McLarens have been eliminated in Q1.


Only Mercedes and Ferrari have scored more points at the Baku City Circuit than the Silverstone-based team. Sergio Perez has finished on the podium for the team twice, with third places in 2016 and 2018, on a track which clearly suits their package. 2019 marked the first time since 2016 that both of the team’s cars have scored at the circuit. The only occasions that the team hasn’t scored here were as a result of DNFs for Perez in 2017 and Esteban Ocon in 2018.

At least one of Team Silverstone’s cars has reached the top ten in qualifying in all of the last four races here. In 2017 and 2018, both cars reached Q3 at the circuit. Lance Stroll’s sixteenth place in qualifying in 2019 is the team’s worst Saturday showing so far at the circuit. It was also their first Q1 exit here and one of only two times that one of their cars has not reached Q3 in Baku, the other being Nico Hulkenberg’s twelfth place in 2016. The team’s best result here is a front row qualification for Sergio Perez in 2016; though he was later demoted to seventh on the grid following a gearbox change.

ASTON MARTIN

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 2

2019 RESULT: PEREZ 6th, STROLL 9th


ALPINE

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: HULKENBERG 14th, RICCIARDO DNF

This will be the first race in Azerbaijan to not feature the Renault name on the grid, with the team having re-branded as Alpine for 2021. 2018 is the only season so far that Renault have picked up points in Azerbaijan, with Carlos Sainz finishing in fifth place. The team recorded 14th and 15th place finishes in 2016 and a double DNF in 2016. Nico Hulkenberg has retired in both 2017 and 2018, and finished fourteenth in 2019. After awkwardly reversing into Daniil Kvyat, Daniel Ricciardo made 2019 the third season in a row that Renault have had at least one retirement in Baku. Those incidents, in addition to Jolyon Palmer’s retirement in 2017 gives Renault an overall finish rate of 50% in Baku.

2018 marked Renault’s first and so far only appearance in the final part of qualifying at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with both Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz reaching Q3. Hulkenberg’s ninth place is the team’s best qualifying position here so far. Both Renaults were eliminated in Q1 in 2016, while Hulkenberg reached Q2 in 2017 and Palmer was knocked out in Q1. Similarly in 2019, Ricciardo reached Q2, while Hulkenberg was out in Q1.


Ferrari are yet to win a race in Azerbaijan, but have finished on the podium in three of the four races held at the Baku City Circuit. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished as runner-up in 2016 and 2018 respectively, while Vettel also finished in third place in 2019. Raikkonen’s 14th place finish in 2017 is the only time one of their cars hasn’t crossed the finish line, and the only time a Ferrari hasn’t scored points here – though the Finn was classified in the final order.

Ferrari have taken one pole so far in Azerbaijan. Sebastian Vettel set the fastest qualifying time in 2018, which is also their only front row start here so far. They’ve reached the final part of qualifying in Baku in all of the past four seasons, with Leclerc’s tenth place in 2019 being their worst qualifying position so far. Leclerc crashed in Q2 that season, meaning he was unable to take part in the final stage of qualifying.

FERRARI

WINS: 0, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 3

2019 RESULT: VETTEL 3rd, LECLERC 5th


ALPHATAURI

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: ALBON 11th, KVYAT DNF

The former Toro Rosso team have scored the least points of any current team at the Baku City Circuit, with Carlos Sainz finishing eighth in 2017 and Brendon Hartley tenth in 2018. The team have a 50% finish rate at the track, with the inaugural race in Azerbaijan resulting in a double DNF. In addition, Daniil Kvyat has recorded retirements with the team in both 2017 and 2019. The 2018 race is the only one which both Toro Rosso cars finished.

Toro Rosso reached Q3 at the Baku City Circuit only twice. Daniil Kvyat qualified in seventh in 2016, which later became sixth on the grid, and equalled the team’s best grid slot at the track by qualifying sixth in 2019. Both cars were eliminated in Q2 in 2017, while Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley were both out in Q1 in 2018, with Hartley failing to even set a time. Alex Albon was eliminated in Q2 in 2019.


The former Sauber team are yet to record a DNF at the Baku City Circuit and have scored in all of the last three races at the track. Their best finish here is Charles Leclerc’s sixth place in 2018. Their other two points-scoring appearances have been tenth place finishes for Pascal Wehrlein in 2017 and Kimi Raikkonen in 2019. The team have a 100% finish rate here, with Marcus Ericsson’s seventeenth place in 2016 being their lowest result.

Prior to 2019, the team had never appeared in Q3 at the circuit, but both drivers reached Q3 in 2019. However, Kimi Raikkonen was excluded from the result and had to start from the pit-lane after his car failed a front wing deflection test. 2019 was the first time neither of their cars were eliminated in Q1.

ALFA ROMEO

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 10th, GIOVINAZZI 12th


HAAS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: MAGNUSSEN 13th, GROSJEAN DNF

Haas have scored only once in Azerbaijan, with Kevin Magnussen finishing seventh. A Haas car has finished in 13th place on every visit to Baku so far, and in the last two races one car has finished thirteenth while the other has retired. Romain Grosjean recorded the Haas team’s first DNF at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2018 by crashing into a wall under Safety Car conditions.

Haas have never reached the final part of qualifying at the Baku City Circuit, with one of their cars being eliminated in Q1 in all of the last three Baku races; Romain Grosjean failed to even set a time in 2018. Kevin Magnussen’s 13th place in 2017 is their best qualifying position to date at the track.


Lance Stroll scored Williams’ only podium finish in Azerbaijan so far in 2017. 2019 marked the first time that the team failed to pick up points at the circuit, while 2016 is the only time both Williams drivers have finished inside the top ten. Both 2017 and 2018 saw one retirement for the team, with Felipe Massa retiring in 2017 and Sergey Sirotkin out after a collision on the first lap in 2018. Williams had a troubled weekend in 2019, as George Russell ran over a loose drain cover in Free Practice 1. Russell’s car was then towed away on a recovery truck, which hit a bridge and brought an early end to the session.

Things didn’t get much better for Williams on Saturday in Baku in 2019, as Robert Kubica crashed in Q1. 2019 marked the second time that both Williams drivers failed to reach the final part of qualifying in Baku, and their first Q1 exits at the track. Felipe Massa provided their team with their best starting place to date at the track in 2016, with sixth place (which became fifth on the grid following Sergio Perez’s penalty).

WILLIAMS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1

2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 15th, KUBICA 16th


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