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Baku GP 2021: Four key questions ahead of race in Azerbaijan

Baku GP 2021 is the sixth round of Formula 1 to continue the battle for the world championship lead. The City Circuit in Azerbaijan is a mixture of wide and open and narrow and twisty with a 2.2 kilometer main straight and many 90 degree corners. At the same time, there are places for overtaking maneuvers compared to Monaco. But it is not only the battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton that will make us watch closely. Besides the battle between Red Bull and Mercedes Amg, intrigue is simmering in the Scuderia Ferrari and the ever-faster McLaren. Here is a checklist of the most important questions before the start of the Baku GP.
Baku GP 2021
Baku GP 2021

#1 Will Valtteri Bottas win the 2021 Baku Grand Prix?

Yes, yes, you haven’t heard wrong! The fact is that right now, when everything isn’t as perfect as he would like it to be in relation to the Mercedes F1 team, and only the one look at Lewis Hamilton is exciting, Bottas puts a “negative” photo on his desk to “show them what I can do.” This victory needs Bottas more than ever!
But here’s what you want to know more. Valtteri excels on tracks with many 90-degree corners, Sochi as an example. The Finnish Formula One driver took pole and victory for the last time in 2019, with Lewis Hamilton taking just one pole and one victory here since 2016.

#2 Will Mercedes F1 respond to Red Bull after the disastrous Monaco Grand Prix?

This time, both Mercedes drivers have no right for mistakes. We’ve seen Mercedes sweep away difficult weekends in the past without any problems, but on these occasions they haven’t been under the pressure that Red Bull is putting on them. It’s important to know that Red Bull sets the pace on a circuit like the Baku street circuit. Expect Max Verstappen to take pole and defend the lead during the race in Azerbaijan. Sergio Perez’s car also has the best settings to feel 100% comfortable on Saturday.
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#3 Can Charles Leclerc replicate the pace of Monaco?

While the Mercedes of both drivers has the pressure of Max Verstappen and the zeal of Red Bull F1 team, the Scuderia Ferrari has the chance to take a good position on Saturday of Baku GP. Above all, it is about Charles Leclerc, who had to finish the race in Monaco without a start. Meanwhile, the strategy between the drivers has the right directions. Carlos Sainz, however, undoubtedly wants to continue the fight after his second place in Monaco.

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#4 Will Lando Norris finish third at the Baku GP 2021?

“More haste, less speed” – that is the most important lesson McLaren has learned in Formula 1 season this year. While Mercedes has the pressure from the Red Bull F1 team, and the Scuderia Ferrari struggling with the car, McLaren is strongly on the way to the Grand Prix and is trying to avoid the hastle. Lando Norris shows the good time of each race weekend. Step by step the team is approaching the championship standings. Baku GP is another good chance for the team when the favorites for Formula One retire into the hubbub, but they will. McLaren is on its way.

Baku GP 2021 racing schedule*

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Formula 1 Press Conference 13:30 – 17:00
FIA Formula 2 Practice Session 10:25 – 11:10
Formula 1 First Practice Session 12:30 – 13:30
Formula 1 Press Conference 14:00 – 15:00
FIA Formula 2 Qualifying Session 14:30 – 15:00
FIA Formula 2 Press Conference 15:30 – 16:00
Formula 1 Second Practice Session
16:00 – 17:00
Formula 1 Team Pit Stop Practice 10:10 – 10:30
FIA Formula 2 First Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins) 11:25 – 12:15
FIA Formula 2 Press Conference 12:35 – 13:05
Formula 1 Third Practice Session 13:00 – 14:00
Formula 1 Qualifying Session 16:00 – 17:00
Formula 1 Press Conference 17:00 – 18:00
FIA Formula 2 Second Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins) 17:40 – 18:30
FIA Formula 2 Press Conference 18:50 – 19:20
FIA Formula 2 Third Race (29 Laps or 60 Mins) 12:45 – 13:50
FIA Formula 2 Press Conference 14:10 – 14:40
Formula 1 Drivers’ Presentation 14:10 – 14:50
Formula 1 ‘We Race As One’ Gesture 15:43 – 15:44
Formula 1 National Anthem 15:44 – 15:46
Formula 1 Grand Prix (51 Laps or 120 Mins) 16:00 – 18:00

* Please note , that’s local time, and this timetable is subject to amendments

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