Welcome back, Baku! We return to the fast, unforgiving streets of Azerbaijan for Round 6 of the 2021 calendar. Yet to reach the podium here since the track first emerged in 2016, it will be an all out push for Honda power to add some Baku silverware to the trophy cabinet.
The long run down the shoreline (the circuit's main straight) see’s F1 cars reach some of the highest speeds they will reach all year. Over the weekend, Power Unit Engineers will be working to extract every ounce of performance available, whilst Teams will be getting stuck into the data, tuning their crucial aerodynamic setups.
Although the Azerbaijan circuit is best known for its long straight and slipstreaming opportunities, its tight and twisty section through the old town is comparable with the Monaco circuit, raced previously in Round 5. Finding the perfect balance of where drivers feel they can extract the best performance from the car will be necessary for a successful weekend.
With little room for mistakes and a close-fought battle at the top of the Championships, it’s all eyes on Saturday afternoon as the boys will head out to decide the grid for Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.