Venue: Baku City Circuit
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix returns to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 2019, with the race for the F1 Drivers Championship hotting up. Max Verstappen continues to lead the way after an impressive start to the season, whilst 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is in hot pursuit. The city circuit in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku has only been on the calendar since 2017 but has quickly become one of the most notorious tracks on the F1 calendar. Daniel Riccardo won the first race in 2017, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both getting over the line for Mercedes more recently. With the schedule soon to reach its halfway point, this could prove to be a pivotal race in the outcome of the F1 season.
Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Predictions
F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Race Winner
With only 5 races completed in the 2021 Formula One season, it is still very much early days for some of the biggest teams on the grid in Azerbaijan here:
Max Verstappen – $2.25
With a 4-point lead in the Driver’s Championship, Max Verstappen is very much the early season pacesetter. Red Bull look to have concocted a seriously quick car and in Verstappen, they look to have one of the best drivers on the grid in their ranks – they just need to start turning potential into results on a more consistent basis. Verstappen has never won this race and how he would love to rectify that here and put some distance between himself and the chasing pack.
Lewis Hamilton – $2.3
Seven time World Champion Lewis Hamilton continues to be the man to beat on the Formula One calendar, but he currently sits in second in the Driver’s Championship. He last won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2018 and is always a racer to watch on any track. Few drivers possess the steal that Hamilton has and whilst Mercedes don’t look to have the quickest car on the grid, they certainly have one of the best drivers the sport has ever produced.
Valtteri Bottas – $9.00
2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas has lost significant ground in the Driver’s Championship in recent weeks, and he needs to continue to pick up points quickly. With his Mercedes status yet to be confirmed for next year too, he needs to make a statement in every race possible. The circuit in Baku is sure to suit his driving style and the Finn looks good value to sit on top of the podium this weekend.
Sergio Perez – $15.00
Mexican Sergio Perez hasn’t settled in as many would have expected to life at Red Bull, and he will be looking to start putting some points on the board here. Red Bull have two seriously quick cars and one of the best drivers around in Perez, but it hasn’t clicked as yet for Christian Horner’s team. With 5 races already completed, Perez is a little off the pace but a decent showing here would see him very much in the mix for Red Bull.
F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix First Driver to Retire
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has become a magnificent spectacle within the F1 calendar but negotiating the city centre circuit and avoiding trouble will be the priority for most drivers:-
Nikita Mazepin – $5.50
Haas and their new Russian driver Nikita Mazepin have endured a horrible start to the 2021 Formula One season and the lack of control Mazepin appears to have behind the wheel, makes him a real candidate to bomb out early here – especially in the infamously tricky driving conditions in Azerbaijan.
Nicholas Latifi – $16.00
Williams are still battling away at their car this year and Nicholas Latifi tends to draw the short straw. The Canadian is a solid driver but with congestion guaranteed early on in Baku and the road race providing a unique set of challenges, Latifi could struggle this weekend.
F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Top Six Finish
2021 presents a golden opportunity to many drivers in Formula One to make a name for themselves and they will all be looking to do that from the outset here at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix:-
Charles Leclerc – $1.36
Following an excellent outing last time out at his home Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc is a man in excellent form for Ferrari and he should relish driving conditions here. Although points have been hard to come by for the Italians this year, they look to have an excellent car and Leclerc is a world class operator.
Lando Norris – $1.40
McLaren’s Lando Norris is sitting pretty in third in the Driver’s Championship, and he could be one to look out for here. Podium finishes have been a clear sign of progress this year for the young Brit and he looks good value to finish in the top 6 in Baku this weekend.
Daniel Riccardo – $2.2
Australian Daniel Riccardo is a former winner at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and whilst his McLaren car doesn’t appear to be the fastest on the grid, he has plenty of track knowledge and Formula 1 knowhow.
F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Best Bets
Race Winner: Max Verstappen – $2.25
First Driver to Retire: Nikita Mazepin – $5.50
Top Six Finish: Daniel Riccardo – $2.2
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