, Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021: What time is the race today, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?, Nzuchi Times

Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021: What time is the race today, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

, Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021: What time is the race today, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?, Nzuchi Times

From one street circuit, to the next – from Monaco to Baku. Baku too was left off the 2020 calendar and has provided a mixture of good and bad races since the race was first held in 2016. Let’s hope for a bit more action than we saw in Monte Carlo. 

When is it?

First and second practice took place on Friday June 4 with final practice and qualifying running on Saturday June 5. The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix is on Sunday June 6. 

What time does it start?

The race itself starts at 1pm on Sunday. 

What happened in qualifying?

Charles Leclerc saw off Lewis Hamilton to put his Ferrari on pole position for Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Following a frenetic qualifying, which saw four red-flag periods, Leclerc edged out Hamilton by two tenths of a second in Baku with Max Verstappen third for Red Bull.

Yuki Tsunoda crashed out in the final moments of qualifying which prevented the grid from completing their final runs.

While Leclerc celebrated his second pole in as many races, Hamilton will hardly believe he will start Sunday’s race ahead of Verstappen.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team have been off the pace all weekend, but the seven-time world champion improved as qualifying progressed to start the sixth round on the front row.

Phil Duncan, PA Sport

What was the order 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) Scuderia 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) Scuderia 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 Racing 1:42.587
  15. George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:42.758
  16. Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:43.128
  17. Mick Schumacher (Ger) Haas F1 1:44.158
  18. Nikita Mazepin (Raf) Haas F1 1:44.238
  19. Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin No Time Set
  20. Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing No Time Set
     

*Three place grid penalty for ignoring red flag procedure

What are the championship standings after five rounds?

Drivers’ top 10:

Constructors’:

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have near-exclusive live coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few with their usual excellent team. Their qualifying coverage begins at Noon BST on Saturday and their race coverage at 11.30am on Sunday. 

Channel 4 have highlights for this year with their equally excellent team. Their qualifying program starts at 5.30pm and their extended race coverage highlights is also at 5.30pm. 

You can also keep up to date throughout qualifying and the race right here at Telegraph Sport.

What do we know about the Baku City circuit?

  • Circuit length:  6.003km
  • First grand prix:  2016
  • Laps: 51
  • Race distance:  306.049km
  • Race lap record:  1:43.009 (Charles Leclerc, Ferrari – 2019)
  • 2019 winner:  Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
  • Number of corners:  20
  • Overtaking chances:  From turn 16 through the pit straight and into turn one is the best, by far. Get a good exit from the tight turn 16 and then there’s a very good chance of getting the car ahead if they are close enough. As it’s flat out for 25 seconds if you do it too early, though, and they can pick up a tow once you’ve overtaken them.  Into turn three is possible as well but with walls in close quite risky.

What are the latest odds?

  • Lewis Hamilton 6/4
  • Max Verstappen 13/8
  • Charles Leclerc 7/1
  • Sergio Pérez 14/1
  • Pierre Gasly 28/1
  • Carlos Sainz 40/1

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