Mercedes and Red Bull have taken multiple Azerbaijan Grand Prix wins and the Silverstone-based team have recorded three podium results here. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at Baku City Circuit!
WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 5 | 2021 RESULT: BOTTAS 12th, HAMILTON 15th
Mercedes have won three of the five 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.
2021 was the first Azerbaijan race to feature neither Mercedes driver on the podium and was the first in which neither of the team’s cars finished inside the points. Prior to 2021, Bottas’ tyre misfortune in 2018 was the only time a Mercedes car has finished outside of the top five 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. Hamilton recorded the team’s worst result to date at the track last year following his late race lock-up, coming home in fifteenth.
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 and Valtteri Bottas’ tenth place in 2021 are the only times a Mercedes car has qualified outside the top three grid slots here. Mercedes locked-out the front row in both 2017 and 2019.
WINS: 2, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 2 | 2021 RESULT: PEREZ 1st, VERSTAPPEN DNF
Red Bull took their second victory in Azerbaijan last year, with Sergio Perez standing on the top step of the podium. It was only the team’s second podium finish at the track. The other came courtesy of Daniel Ricciardo,
At least one Red Bull driver has retired in all of the last four Baku races. 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 2021, 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 have appeared on the front row here once, when Daniel Ricciardo qualified third in 2016, which became a front-row start after Perez’s penalty. Max Verstappen equalled the team’s best qualifying at the track result last season.
WINS: 0, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 3 | 2021 RESULT: LECLERC 4th, SAINZ 8th
Ferrari are yet to win a race in Azerbaijan, but have finished on the podium in three of the five 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. Last year, the team recorded a double points finish.
Ferrari have taken two poles so far in Azerbaijan. Sebastian Vettel set the fastest qualifying time in 2018, while Charles Leclerc took pole last year. Ferrari have reached the final part of qualifying with both cars at every race held in Baku so far. Leclerc’s tenth place in 2019 is 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.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: NORRIS 5th, RICCIARDO 9th
For a third Baku race in a row, McLaren scored with both cars at the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. With fifth place, Lando Norris recorded the team’s best result at the track to date. Their previous best was seventh, by Fernando Alonso in 2018 and Carlos Sainz in 2019. 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 and Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth in 2021. 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. He bettered that result last year with sixth place. Daniel Ricciardo crashed out in Q2 here last year. 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.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: ALONSO 6th, OCON DNF
The former Renault team have picked up points twice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz recorded the team’s best result here with fifth in 2018, while Fernando Alonso finished sixth for Alpine last year. The team has recorded at least one retirement in all of the last four Baku races. 2016 is the only team that both of Team Enstone’s cars have reached the chequered flag, while 2017 is their only double retirement.
Both of Renault’s drivers reached Q3 at the circuit in 2018. Fernando Alonso’s Q3 appearance last year is the only other time that one of their cars has qualified in the top ten. Alonso equalled the team’s best qualifying result here last year. Nico Hulkenberg also qualified ninth in 2018. Both Renaults were eliminated in Q1 in 2016, while Hulkenberg reached Q2 in 2017 and Jolyon Palmer was knocked out in Q1. Similarly in 2019, Daniel Ricciardo reached Q2, while Hulkenberg was out in Q1.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1 | 2021 RESULT: GASLY 3rd, TSUNODA 7th
Pierre Gasly recorded a podium result for the Red Bull junior team at last year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Prior to last season, the team had scored the least points of any current team at the track. But with Yuki Tsunoda also finishing seventh, the team bolstered their points tally. Before 2021, Toro Rosso’s only points finishes here came courtesy of eight place for Carlos Sainz in 2017 and tenth for Brendon Hartley in 2018.
The team recorded a double DNF at the inaugural Baku City Circuit race, while Daniil Kvyat went on to record another two retirements with the team at the venue in 2017 and 2019. 2018 and 2021 are the only years in which both of the team’s cars have reached the chequered flag.
Toro Rosso reached Q3 at 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. Last year, both Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda qualified in the top ten. Gasly recorded the team’s best ever qualifying result here with fourth, while Tsunoda qualified eighth. The team recorded their only double Q1 elimination at the track in 2017.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 3* | 2021 RESULT: VETTEL 2nd, STROLL DNF
The Silverstone-based team have recorded three podium results in the five races held so far in Azerbaijan. Sergio Perez finished third in both 2016 and 2018, while Sebastian Vettel finished as runner-up last year. 2016 and 2019 are the only years that the team finished with both cars in the points. The only occasions that the team hasn’t scored here were as a result of DNFs; for Perez in 2017, Esteban Ocon in 2018 and Lance Stroll in 2021.
2021 was the first time that neither of the team’s cars reached Q3 in Baku. In 2017 and 2018, both cars reached Q3 at the circuit. Lance Stroll’s ninteenth place in qualifying in 2021 is the team’s worst Saturday showing so far at the circuit. He crashed out in Q1. The team’s best qualifying 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.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1 | 2021 RESULT: LATIFI 16th, RUSSELL DNF
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. In 2021, Nicholas Latifi was out in Q1 while Russell progressed to the next stage. 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).
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 10th, GIOVINAZZI 11th
The former Sauber team are yet to record a DNF at the Baku City Circuit and have scored in all of the last four 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 both 2019 and 2021. The team have a 100% finish rate here, with Marcus Ericsson’s seventeenth place in 2016 being their lowest result.
2019 is the only year that the team have reached Q3 in Baku, doing so with both cars. However, that year, 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 is the only season that neither of the team’s cars were eliminated in Q1. Raikkonen reached Q2 last year, while Antonio Giovinazzi crashed out in Q1.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: SCHUMACHER 13th, MAZEPIN 14th
Haas have scored only once in Azerbaijan, with Kevin Magnussen finishing seventh in 2017. A Haas car has finished in 13th place on every visit to Baku so far. 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 at least one of their cars being eliminated in Q1 in all of the last four 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, while last year the team recorded their first double Q1 elimination.
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