Formula 1: Baku Where and When to Watch 2021

With the popularity of F1 on the rise in the Indian subcontinent and with the Baku Grand Prix right around the corner, fans in India are eagerly waiting and wondering where to watch the Baku Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix in Baku City has been an exciting part of the F1 Race calendar since 2017. The race will be held on the 6.003 km street circuit with 51 laps through tricky and tight corners ending up with a 2.2 km long straight, the longest in the 2021 calendar with top speeds expected to cross 350 km/hr.

Baku Where to watch the race:

  • The qualifying session will be held on 5th June starting at 5:30 pm IST (Indian Standard Time)
  • The race on 6th June at 5:30 pm IST.
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Baku City F1 street circuit (source: formula1.com)

As with all street circuits, the track punishes the slightest mistakes in the corners through the city roads such as Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez hitting the wall after slightly misjudging the braking zone and losing their rear wheels after hitting the wall in 2017 and the infamous crash of the two Redbulls in 2018 battling each other for position ending up with Daniel Ricciardo breaking late and crashing into the rear end of Max Verstappen’s car.

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Valtteri Bottas won the race the last time F1 was in Baku in 2019, defeating Vettel and teammate Sir Lewis Hamilton. Other winners of the track are Lewis Hamilton in 2018 and Daniel Ricciardo in 2017.

The fastest lap ever is held by Charles Leclerc, who in his Ferrari set the record time of 1:43:009 in 2019. It will be a thrilling race with Mercedes and Redbull performing very closely but, so far Lewis Hamilton showing to have the best pace in straights.

Ferrari seems to be back to competing for podium positions as Carlos Sainz picked up 2nd position in the Monaco race along with Lando Norris in his McLaren should be ones to watch this weekend.

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