THE 2021 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX
ROUND 6. 4th – 6th June.
1041st F1 GRAND PRIX | 4th AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX | 5th GRAND PRIX AT BAKU CITY CIRCUIT
2019 POLESITTER: VALTTERI BOTTAS | 2019 WINNER: VALTTERI BOTTAS
Friday 4th June
Free Practice 1 (12:30pm Local Time/ 9:30am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (4pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)
Saturday 5th June
Free Practice 3 (1pm Local Time/ 10am UK Time)
Qualifying (4pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)
Sunday 6th June
The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix (4pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)
- This will be the third Formula 1 race to be held on 6th June. It will be the first race to take place on this day since the 1982 Detroit Grand Prix.
- Lap 46 of the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be the 250th Grand Prix lap raced at Baku City Circuit.
- This will be the first F1 race in Azerbaijan to not feature Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen on the grid.
- No driver has recorded multiple wins at the Baku City Circuit since it joined the calendar in 2016. Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas could change that this weekend. The same is true of pole positions, with Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas able to become the first repeat Baku polesitter.
The apex kerb at Turn 8 has been removed ahead of the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend.
Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.
BAKU CITY CIRCUIT TRACK GUIDE
The oil-rich country of Azerbaijan became the newest fixture on the F1 calendar in 2016. The Baku City circuit, the second longest track of the season, combines twisting sections reminiscent of Monaco with flat-out straights like those at Monza.
Baku itself is no stranger to motorsport, with the Baku World Challenge having been held on a street circuit between 2012 and 2014. Azerbaijan wanted a prestigious event to add to its list of honours, and followed in the footsteps of similarly oil-rich countries Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, and enticed Formula 1 to the area.
In December 2013, Bernie Ecclestone announced that a deal had been signed for F1 to visit the country for the first time, with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to be added to the Formula 1 calendar from 2015 onwards. Ecclestone then suggested that the event would replace the Korean Grand Prix, with the organisers of that event being in breach of their contract. In July 2014, it was announced that the Baku race would in fact début in 2016.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear in the press conferences at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Otmar Szafnauer (Aston Martin), Guenther Steiner (Haas), Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Mario Isola (Pirelli) and Simon Roberts (Williams).
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Enrique Bernoldi.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C3, C4 and C5 compounds for this race weekend.
2019 AZERBAIJAN GP RECAP
Valtteri Bottas retook the championship lead with a win at the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The weekend was filled with bizarre incidents.
There was drama right from the start of the Baku weekend as the First Practice session had to be cancelled following a series of unfortunate incidents. Firstly, George Russell ran over a loose drain cover which destroyed the floor of his car. Then, the recovery vehicle which was transporting his stricken car was too big to fit under a bridge and the two objects made contact. The drain covers were welded and the recovery trucks put away, but Saturday’s qualifying was just as dramatic. Robert Kubica brought out the red flags in Q1 with a crash at the tight Turn 8, and Charles Leclerc did the same thing in Q2. After a lengthy delay, it was Valtteri Bottas who eventually took pole position. The Mercedes drivers went side by side into the opening turns, but Bottas maintained his advantage. The opening laps passed without much incident, Former team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat found themselves out-braking each other, and Ricciardo made things worse by forgetting to check his mirrors before reversing right into the Toro Rosso. Romain Grosjean and Pierre Gasly became the third and fourth retirements of the afternoon, each pulling aside with mechanical problems. Hamilton closed in on the back of his leading team-mate, but Bottas held on to take his second win of the season. The Finn reclaimed the championship lead with his victory. Sebastian Vettel finished third, while Charles Leclerc was awarded Driver of the Day.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:46.435 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:44.410 (Max Verstappen)||1:44.242 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:47.497 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Free Practice 2||1:44.223 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:43.362 (Max Verstappen)||1:42.795 (Daniel Ricciardo)||1:42.872 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Free Practice 3||1:44.352 (Lewis Hamilton)||1;42.742 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:43.091 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:41.604 (Charles Leclerc)|
|Qualifying||1:42.758 (Nico Rosberg)||1:40.593 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:41.498 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:40.495 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Grand Prix||1:46.485 (Nico Rosberg)||1:43.441 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:45.149 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:43.009 (Charles Leclerc)|