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Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021, F1 live: latest updates and news from Baku

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12:04PM

Strategy chat from Pirelli

A two-stopper would be better, really much better. Not impossible we’ll see a few try it today, especially given the tyre degradation the teams suffered on Friday. Of course, a safety car at the right time could throw it all out of the window. 

12:01PM

Current constructor standings

Can Red Bull cling onto  – or extend – their slim lead today?

 The last couple of races Ferrari have had the upper hand over McLaren. The British outfit have their work cut out to not lose any further ground to them today, with the red cars starting 1st and 5th. 

11:55AM

Current driver standings: Top 12

11:47AM

Turn 15 has been causing a few problems this weekend

Will anyone end up in there today?

11:40AM

Mansour Ojjeh 1952-2021 

11:38AM

Final times after qualifying,

  1. Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1min 41.218secs
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:41.450
  3. Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:41.563
  4. Pierre Gasly (Fra) AlphaTauri 1:41.565
  5. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Ferrari 1:41.576
  6. Lando Norris* (Gbr) McLaren 1:41.747
  7. Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:41.917
  8. Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) AlphaTauri 1:42.211
  9. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Alpine 1:42.327
  10. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:42.659
  11. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 1:42.224
  12. Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:42.273
  13. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 1:42.558
  14. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo 1:42.587
  15. George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:42.758
  16. Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:43.128
  17. Mick Schumacher (Ger) Haas 1:44.158
  18. Nikita Mazepin (Raf) Haas 1:44.238
  19. Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin No Time Set
  20. Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo No Time Set

*Three-place grid penalty due to ignoring red flag procedure

11:32AM

Good morning F1 fans

And welcome to our coverage for the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the Baku City Circuit. In Baku, obviously. So far the season has been a thoroughly entertaining one (that Monaco Grand Prix aside…) and that was no different in yesterday’s qualifying session. Charles Leclerc took his second pole of the year and his second in a row, in a performance that raised a few eyebrows.

Another performance that raised a few eyebrows was Lewis Hamilton‘s appearance on the front row of the grid after a very difficult weekend up until that point. Clearly something clicked on Saturday after all weekend Red Bull looked on top and well ahead of Mercedes. Max Verstappen could only manage third and Sergio Pérez seventh. Who knows what would have happened if the red flag during the final runs hadn’t appeared? Verstappen probably could have improved but he did not manage a brilliant first lap and that cost him yesterday. Could starting third cause him to lose his championship lead?

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We should be all set for an intriguing race, though pole-sitter Leclerc was not all that confident that he will be able to hang onto his lead to the chequered flag, citing Mercedes and Red Bull’s superior race pace. Five different cars in the top six shows how close it now is at the very top. For Verstappen and a few others the mercy is that this is a track where overtaking is possible. Could we see another wheel-to-wheel battle between the two championship contenders?

Elsewhere, Pierre Gasly had another standout performance for AlphaTauri and Fernando Alonso made it into Q3, too, in an encouraging showing. Lando Norris well out-qualified team-mate Daniel Ricciardo again (who shoved it into the wall in Q2…), but will take a three place grid drop. 

Strategy, as ever, will be crucial but there could be a lot of luck with today’s winner, too – if the four red flags in qualifying are anything to go by, we could well end up with a couple of safety car periods, and we all know how they sometimes pan out…

As ever, I’ll be here for all the build-up, latest updates and reaction from the race, which gets going at 1pm BST. Fingers crossed for another cracker. 

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