1065th F1 GRAND PRIX | 5th AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX | 6th F1 GRAND PRIX AT BAKU CITY CIRCUIT
2021 POLESITTER: CHARLES LECLERC | 2021 WINNER: SERGIO PEREZ
Baku City Circuit has gained a reputation for producing unpredictable and action-packed races since joining the calendar in 2016. The 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix is set to take place on June 10-12.
Friday 10th June
Free Practice 1 – 3:00pm Local Time/ 12:00pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 6:00pm Local Time/ 3:00pm UK Time
Saturday 11th June
Free Practice 3 – 3:00pm Local Time/ 12:00pm UK Time
Qualifying- 6:00pm Local Time/ 3:00pm UK Time
Sunday 12th June
The 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – 8:00pm Local Time/ 12:00pm UK Time
Sebastian Vettel is the only driver to have scored in every race at Baku City Circuit to date. He’ll be hoping to maintain his 100% points scoring record with another top ten finish this weekend. If he fails to score, Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez can equal his record of five points-scoring appearances at the track.
No driver has won at Baku City Circuit more than once. That could change this weekend if Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas or Sergio Perez take victory.
There’s also yet to be a repeat polesitter at the track – but Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas or Charles Leclerc could change that in 2022.
- This will be the first race at Baku City Circuit to not feature Kimi Raikkonen on the grid. The total number of drivers to have started every F1 race at the track will therefore drop to seven.
The 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be the eighth race held on June 12th. It becomes only the fourteenth date on which eight or more World Championship races have been held. The last race held on this day was the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix. It’s the first time since 1966 that a race on this day will not take place in Canada.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO BAKU?
There have been no significant changes to Baku City Circuit since the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX?
There will be two DRS zones at the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The activation zones are on the pit straight and on the straight leading to Turn 3.
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.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The 20 drivers will be split into four groups for this week’s press conference. Here are the groups:
- Group 1:
Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Group 2:
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)
Alex Albon (Williams)
- Group 3:
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Mick Schumacher (Haas)
George Russell (Mercedes)
- Group 4:
Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Guenther Steiner (Haas), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Guillaume Dezoteux (AlphaTauri), Tom McCullough (Aston Martin) and Mario Isola (Pirelli).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Niels Wittich will be the race director at the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
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 Mika Salo.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C3, C4 and C5 tyre compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX?
Another eventful affair in Baku saw Max Verstappen crash out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a tyre failure, handing the win to team-mate Sergio Perez.
Following a number of near misses throughout the practice sessions – and a session-stopping collision for Max Verstappen in Free Practice 3 – the red flags were out in force during qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with multiple drivers finding their way into the barriers. Lance Stroll was first to crash in Q1, before another red flag-inducing crash from Antonio Giovinazzi. In Q2, Daniel Ricciardo crashed into the wall, while in Q3 the drivers’ final efforts were prematurely ended as Yuki Tsunoda made contact with the barriers and Carlos Sainz subsequently ran into the run-off area.
The Q3 melee resulted in Charles Leclerc recording a second successive pole position. The Ferrari driver led the opening two laps before being overtaken by championship protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. As one Ferrari dropped down the order, the other was slowed with Sainz taking another visit to the run-off area.
Verstappen jumped Hamilton following a slow stop for the Mercedes driver. On Lap 31, Lance Stroll suffered a tyre issue which saw him clatter the barrier at high speed. The race resumed four laps later, with Sebastian Vettel taking fourth place from former team-mate Leclerc at Turn 1. Vettel was on the move again a few laps later, passing Pierre Gasly for fourth.
Five laps from the end, another tyre failure for Verstappen saw him crash out from the lead. A red flag period followed, leading to a five-lap shootout between the remaining drivers. Perez started from pole. Hamilton, alongside the Red Bull on the front row, locked up at Turn 1 and went deep into the run off area. The Mercedes driver finished outside of the points as a result. That left Vettel and Gasly in a fruitless pursuit of Perez. Perez claimed his first victory for Red Bull, while Vettel recorded Aston Martin’s first podium finish in Formula 1.