Perez and Vettel share the record for most Baku podiums and Verstappen is yet to take a top three finish at the circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix!
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen is yet to finish on the podium in Azerbaijan. He looked set to win at Baku City Circuit in 2021, until a tyre failure put him out of the race. It was Verstappen’s third DNF at the circuit, having recorded two successive retirements here in 2017 and 2018.
Verstappen’s best result here is fourth, recorded in 2019, while eighth place in 2016 is his only other finish. He has a 100% Q3 appearance rate in Baku, with a worst qualifying result of ninth in 2015. He’s reached the top five in each of the last four Baku races, with a best grid slot of third in 2021.
The 2016 race is the only one in which Verstappen has finished in a better position than where he started.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez took the second victory of his Formula 1 career at last year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. In 2018, he became the first driver to take multiple podium finishes at the circuit, having finished third in both 2016 and 2018.
His sixth place in 2019 is the only other time that the Mexican has finished the race, having retired in 2017 following a collision with his team-mate. Perez qualified on the front row in 2016, but started seventh following a gearbox penalty.
He has never failed to reach Q3 at the circuit, with a worst qualifying result of eighth. 2018 and 2021 are the only seasons in which Perez has been out-qualified by his team-mate in Baku.
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton looked set to win the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – but a lock-up at the first turn on the restart saw him finish only fifteenth. It was the first time he failed to score at Baku City Circuit. From his previous four appearances, Hamilton never failed to finish in the top five.
He took his first win at the circuit in 2018 and finished as runner-up in 2019. He finished fifth in the two previous seasons. He led the 2017 race, but fell down the order after having to pit due to having a loose headrest.
Hamilton has qualified on the front row in all of the last four Azerbaijan Grands Prix, taking his only pole so far at the circuit in 2017. While he has reached Q3 on every appearance, he qualified only tenth in 2016 after crashing in the qualifying hour. The 2016 race here is the only one which he has not led at least one lap of.
🇬🇧 George Russell
On his first Azerbaijan Grand Prix appearance in 2019, George Russell finished fifteenth, having qualified nineteenth. He failed to finish the race in 2021. Russell reached Q2 at the circuit for the first time last year, qualifying in fifteenth place. He’s yet to be out-qualified by a team-mate at the track.
Russell had a Saturday to forget at the track in F2 in 2018, finishing only twelfth in the Feature Race. He turned it around on Sunday though, and took victory in the Sprint Race.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc looked set to have a very good Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Ferrari in 2019, but he crashed in qualifying and lined up eighth on the grid. He finished fifth, beating his previous best result at the circuit.
In 2021, Leclerc took pole position for the race, but finished only fourth – still bettering his best result at the venue. Leclerc scored his first Formula 1 points at the event in 2018, finishing a season-best of sixth.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz has scored in all of the last four Azerbaijan Grands Prix. His best result here is a fifth place finish, scored with Renault in 2018. The Spaniard has had one retirement here, in 2016.
2018 and 2020 are the only time that Sainz has progressed to the final part of qualifying in Baku. He recorded his best result at the track last season, with fifth place – despite crashing in Q3. Sainz has never out-qualified a team-mate at the circuit.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo won the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix from tenth on the grid. His ninth place with McLaren last year was the first time that he reached the chequered flag here since then.
He retired in both 2018 and 2019; his 2018 retirement being a result of a crash with then team-mate Max Verstappen. Ricciardo has not reached Q3 in Azerbaijan since 2018, having been eliminated in Q2 in the last two races at the track.
Last year marked only the second time, after 2017, that Ricciardo has been out-qualified by a team-mate in Baku. He has a best qualifying result here of third place, in 2016. That later became a front row start, as the result of a grid penalty for Sergio Perez.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris finished eighth on his first Azerbaijan Grand Prix appearance in 2019 and bettered that result in 2021 with fifth place. He’s yet to be out-qualified by a team-mate at Baku City Circuit. His best qualifying result here so far is sixth, recorded last year. Norris also raced here in Formula 2 in 2018, where he finished sixth in the Feature Race and fourth in the Sprint Race.
🇪🇸 Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso has scored on three of his four previous appearances at Baku City Circuit. Though Alonso retired from the first race at the track in 2016, he went on to finish ninth in 2017 and seventh in 2018.
His 2018 result is made all the more impressive by the fact that he drove back to the pits on two wheels after a first lap incident. Alonso recorded his best ever Azerbaijan result last year, with sixth place.
Despite scoring three times, Alonso has qualified in the top ten in Baku, only once, with a best qualifying result of ninth in 2021. He has never been out-qualified by a team-mate here.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon finished sixth in the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but that’s his only finish here. He retired in both 2018 and 2021. In 2017, Ocon collided with team-mate Sergio Perez, in an incident which ultimately ended the Mexican’s race. Ocon reached Q3 in both 2017 and 2018, qualifying and starting from seventh on both occasions. 2021 was the first time he failed to reach Q3 here, qualifying twelfth.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Finishing in third place in 2021, Pierre Gasly recorded his first points at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. He finished twelfth in 2018 and retired from the race in 2019. 2021 was the first time he has reached Q3 here, qualifying an impressive fourth. He set the fastest time in Q1 in 2019 before being excluded for exceeding the fuel flow limit.
🇯🇵 Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda scored points on his first appearance at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last year. After qualifying in eighth place, Tsunoda moved up to seventh on the final grid and started the race where he finished it, in seventh place.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel finished on the podium in Azerbaijan for the third time in 2021, equalling his best result here with second place. He also finished as runner-up in 2016, and finished third in 2019.
Vettel is yet to finish outside of the top four in Baku, with his other two results here being fourth places in 2018 and 2019.
Vettel attracted headlines in the 2017 race. After running into the back of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes under Safety Car conditions, he ran into the side of Hamilton’s car to show his displeasure.
In 2021, Vettel qualified outside of the top four at this circuit for the first time, failing to reach Q3. He has taken one pole position here, in 2018. 2017 is the only season that the German has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll failed to score at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for the first time in 2021, after retiring with a tyre failure. He scored on all three previous occasions at the circuit, however and recorded the best result of his career so far here in 2017, finishing on the podium in third place. He nearly finished as runner-up, but was passed by Valtteri Bottas on the line.
Stroll added to his points tally here with eighth and ninth place finishes in 2018 and 2019 respectively. 2017 is the only time that Stroll has reached Q3 at the circuit. He was eliminated in Q2 in 2018 and was out in Q1 in 2019 and 2021.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
On his first and so far only appearance at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with Toro Rosso in 2019, Alex Albon finished just outside of the points in eleventh place. He failed to out-qualify his team-mate Daniil Kvyat and was eliminated in Q2, qualifying in thirteenth place.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi finished sixteenth on his first appearance at the Azerbaian Grand Prix last year. He was eliminated in Q1, qualifying in sixteenth. Latifi raced at the Baku City Circuit in Formula 2/GP2 in every year from 2016 to 2019.
In 2017, he finished third in both the Feature and Sprint races, and finished third again in the following season’s Sprint Race. In 2019, he finished third in the Feature Race before taking victory in the Sprint Race. The 2016 races at the track are the only ones in which the Canadian has failed to score.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for the first time in 2019. He also finished as runner-up in 2017. Bottas nearly won the 2018 race, but was eliminated following a late race puncture. He also finished only twelfth in 2021.
The Finn has started from the front row of the grid in two Baku races, taking pole position here for the first time in 2019. He has a 100% Q3 appearance rate at the track. 2019 was the first time that Bottas has out-qualified his team-mate in Baku.
🇨🇳 Guanyu Zhou
Guanyu Zhou has previously competed at Baku City Circuit in Formula 2 in 2019 and 2021. From five races at the track, Zhou finished in the top ten twice and recorded two retirements. His best result here is third in the first Sprint Race in 2021.
🇩🇪 Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher finished thirteenth on his Azerbaijan Grand Prix debut in 2021. He qualified seventeenth for the race, one position ahead of his team-mate. Schumacher previously raced at Baku City Circuit in Formula 2 in 2019. Though he retired from the Feature Race, he finished fifth in the Sprint Race.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen has never failed to reach the chequered flag in Azerbaijan. From his four previous appearances at Baku City Circuit, Magnussen’s best result is seventh, recorded with Haas in 2017. It’s the only time he has scored at the circuit. Magnussen is yet to reach Q3 at the track, with a best Saturday result of thirteenth in 2017. Magnussen has never been out-qualified by a team-mate at the venue.
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