Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021: What time is the race today, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?
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.
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?
Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1min 41.218secs
Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:41.450
Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:41.563
Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:41.565
Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Ferrari 1:41.576
Lando Norris* (Gbr) McLaren 1:41.747
Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:41.917
Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:42.211
Fernando Alonso (Spa) Alpine 1:42.327
Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:42.659
Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 1:42.224
Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:42.273
Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 1:42.558
Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:42.587
George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:42.758
Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:43.128
Mick Schumacher (Ger) Haas F1 1:44.158
Nikita Mazepin (Raf) Haas F1 1:44.238
Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin No Time Set
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:
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
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.