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The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Jun 02, 2021 7:02 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 6th round of the 2021 season in Baku, Azerbaijan between the 4th and 6th of June.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for Azerbaijan click here, to register in the competition click here

Picks close at the start of Saturday practice.

The event timetable for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 13:30 local time - 09:30 GMT
2nd Practice 17:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 14:00 local time - 10:00 GMT
Qualifying 17:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 16:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

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Re: The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Jun 02, 2021 7:14 pm

This weekend, we are of to one of my favourite races in the season. This street circuit, with its twisty bits and the main long straight is a great combination which usually promotes many passing opportunities. Overrun turn 1 and someone will stick it back up the inside and you have to try all over again.
Biggest improvers would have to be Ferrari, who, at Monaco, stunned the rest of the grid with that sensational qualifying lap by Charles Leclerc. Carlos Sainz held his end up with a magnificent 2nd place.
Now, what will happen at Baku?
Will the Red Bulls and Mercedes renew their rivalry? Will Ferrari also join the party? What about McLaren? This is also a circuit where Daniel Ricciardo has been fast. Will he again be shown up by Lando Norris? What about Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri?
There are so many questions that will be answered on the weekend.

Needless to say, I am so looking forward to this weekend. What about you?

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Re: The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:24 am

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:43.184	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
2	1:43.227	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
3	1:43.521	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
4	1:43.630	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
5	1:43.732	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
6	1:43.757	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
7	1:43.893	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
8	1:43.996	Lando Norris	   McLaren
9	1:44.777	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
10	1:44.891	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
11	1:44.943	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
12	1:45.092	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
13	1:45.234	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
14	1:45.384	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
15	1:45.415	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
16	1:45.446	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
17	1:45.452	George Russell	   Williams
18	1:45.774	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
19	1:46.899	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
20	1:46.945	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas

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Re: The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:30 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:42.115	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
2	1:42.216	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
3	1:42.243	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
4	1:42.436	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
5	1:42.534	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
6	1:42.693	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
7	1:42.941	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
8	1:43.018	Lando Norris	   McLaren
9	1:43.020	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
10	1:43.130	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
11	1:43.156	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
12	1:43.220	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
13	1:43.298	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
14	1:43.812	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
15	1:43.881	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
16	1:44.184	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
17	1:44.557	George Russell	   Williams
18	1:45.563	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas
19	1:46.095	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
20	1:46.983	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams

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Re: The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:37 am

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:42.251	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
2	1:42.595	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
3	1:42.697	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
4	1:42.778	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
5	1:43.006	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
6	1:43.011	Lando Norris	   McLaren
7	1:43.080	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine 
8	1:43.244	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
9	1:43.294	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
10	1:43.557	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
11	1:43.585	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin 
12	1:43.682	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
13	1:43.745	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
14	1:43.826	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
15	1:43.984	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
16	1:44.054	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
17	1:44.113	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
18	1:44.434	George Russell	   Williams
19	1:45.282	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
20	1:45.711	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas 

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Re: The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:46 am

Qualifying

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:41.218	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
2	1:41.450	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
3	1:41.563	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
4	1:41.565	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
5	1:41.576	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
6	1:41.747	Lando Norris	   McLaren 
7	1:41.917	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
8	1:42.211	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
9	1:42.327	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine 
10	1:42.659	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
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11	1:42.224	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin 
12	1:42.273	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine 
13	1:42.558	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren 
14	1:42.587	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing 
15	1:42.758	George Russell	   Williams 
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16	1:43.128	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
17	1:44.158	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
18	1:44.238	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas
19	No Time		Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
20	No Time		Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
Lando Norris has been handed a 3 place grid penalty for continuing on track while under red flag conditions.
Other grid penalties may be applied following repairs to all damaged cars.

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Re: The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:58 am

Wow! That was a chaotic qualifying session.
So many times left out on the circuit with the red flags negating the the final runs in Q2 ans Q3.
Qualifying started badly with both Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi having separate incidents in Q1 with both resulting in red flags.
Q2 ended prematurely with Daniel Ricciardo having his own incident what ended the session with a bit over a minute left.
Q3 reached a similar conclusion when Yuki Tsunoda and then Carlos Sainz both had their own incidents at the same turn.

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Re: The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jun 07, 2021 4:49 pm

Results

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Pos	Driver		   Team
1	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
2	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
3	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
4	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
5	Lando Norris	   McLaren
6	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
7	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
8	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
9	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
10	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
11	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
12	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
13	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
14	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas
15	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
16	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
DNF	George Russell	   Williams
DNF	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
DNF	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
DNF	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine

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Re: The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:02 pm

Well, what a finish!
Max Verstappen would have to be the unluckiest driver on the day.
The race was his and Red Bull's to lose when the unthinkable happened and his rear tyre deflated causing his collision into the concrete on the main straight. This incident then the whole turned race on it's head with Bottas taking a pit stop before the race was red flagged and ending somewhere near the last car running. The red flag enabled drivers the option to change tyres and, on the restart, Hamilton took a dive down the inside of Perez but didn't make it cleanly through turn 1. With all the big guns now out of the equation, Perez took his first victory for Red Bull and extended their constructors title lead.
The writing was on the wall for tyre failures as Lance Stroll punctured and ended his race in the barrier, again on the main straight, around lap 30. He was the only driver who was still to pit following the start of the race.

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