Max Verstappen is the new leader thanks to two wins from the opening five races, can he keep Lewis Hamilton at bay when they compete at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this weekend. Bettingpro's guide to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and its host venue, the Baku City Circuit.
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Azerbaijan Grand Prix Betting Predictions & Tips
Did we see the Formula 1 season take a monumental swing in favour of Red Bull at the Monaco Grand Prix last time out?
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen dominated the whole race from the moment pole position driver Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari broke down before the race started.
Verstappen never looked back, and he claimed a convincing win, while defending champion Lewis Hamilton had a bit of a meltdown and only finished in seventh position.
A lot of things are frustrating the champion in 2021, and he was seething that Mercedes pre-race plans went out of the window as he lost a couple of places due to their own pit-stop strategy.
Will Hamilton continue to let everything aggravate him, or will he stay focused and allow his driving skills to do the talking? From the outside looking in, I think there is too much going on ion the background that frustrates Hamilton, and he is losing too much focus.
Verstappen will not care about what is happening at Mercedes, he knows the only way to get under the skin of Hamilton is to keep beating him.
The Red Bull driver doesn’t seem to get involved in any controversies, he just drives to the best of his ability and lets everyone else lose their minds. I am backing Verstappen to win his third Grand Prix of the season.
At the Monaco Grand Prix, I backed Lando Norris to finish on the podium, and much to my delight, he did exactly that. I like Norris and he has a very bright future ahead of him, so once again I am backing the McLaren driver to finish in the top three.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Special Offers
The Baku City Circuit is a relative newcomer to the Formula 1 calendar having made its debut as the host of the European Grand Prix in 2016. The race was rebranded as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix ahead of the 2017 season and the street circuit was confirmed as the host venue going forward. At 3.730 miles in length, the Baku City Circuit is the second-longest track on the Formula 1 calendar behind Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and it was also designed to be the fastest street circuit in motorsports with a top speed of just over 223 miles per hour. It has received some criticism from drivers in the past, due to a lack of run-off areas, but it has received praise because it remains one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix made its debut in 2017 and Daniel Ricciardo became its inaugural winner, with Lewis Hamilton taking the honours in 2018 and Valtteri Bottas becoming the third different winner in three years in 2019.
Location: Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan
Number of Laps: 51
Lap Length: 3.730 miles
Lap Record: Charles Leclerc, 1 minute 43.009 seconds (2019)
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Winners
|2017||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||Baku City Circuit|
|2018||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||Baku City Circuit|
|2019||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||Baku City Circuit|