The numbers that matter most ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021
- This weekend (June 10-12) will see the return of Formula 1 to Azerbaijan, an Eastern European country.
- Organized in the streets of Baku, the circuit will again offer a new challenge to teams and drivers.
- A driver has yet to get his second pole or win at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
First staged as a European Grand Prix in 2016, the Azerbaijan GP (from 2017) has established itself on the Formula 1 calendar as a track teams and drivers shouldn’t to take lightly.
Offering a mix of challenges that must be overcome throughout the race weekend, the Baku Street Circuit always manages to conjure up something unexpected and surprise when you least expect it.
With its 20 turns, many of which are 90 degrees, drivers are forced to stay alert as they navigate the tight streets that could end any session.
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s Azerbaijan GP.
An overview of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix street circuit in Baku
Since its first race in 2016, five drivers have made it to the top step of the podium and five have managed to take pole position. A driver has yet to get his second pole or win in Baku.
Running over 51 laps for a total race distance of 306.049km, the 6.003km circuit is not for the faint-hearted. The first two sections are extremely technical, a bit like Monaco, while the third is very fast – like Monza – and can reach speeds of up to 350 km/h. At the wheel of his Ferrari, Charles Leclerc set the absolute lap record on the streets of Baku in 2019 by recording a time of 1:43.009.
Azerbaijan joins other street circuits like Monaco, Singapore and Miami on the F1 calendar, but the slightest mistake can cause the biggest disruption. In 2021, qualifying was red-flagged (stopped) four times after drivers crashed into the barriers at Turn 15. The stops tied Hungary 2016 as the most times qualifying was aborted.
Since arriving in 2017, Valtteri Bottas has led the most kilometers around Baku (294km) – around 49 laps – followed by Lewis Hamilton (258km) and Sebastian Vettel (222km).