After an eventful Monaco Grand Prix weekend, some drivers can’t wait to make their mark in Baku.
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is this weekend and many drivers and teams believe it will be an important weekend. Some drivers will be ready to fight for points, a podium, and an important victory. Other drivers and teams will be hoping they make it through the weekend and around the tricky Baku streets.
A year on from his maiden Red Bull win, Sergio Perez will be looking to continue his winning streak. Not only is Perez the reigning Baku champion but he has also just pulled off an incredible victory around the streets of Monaco.
The Monaco victory has given Perez the points to genuinely pose a threat to the title fight. This weekend will be a ‘make or break’ one when it comes to Perez and Red Bull. It will be interesting to see if Red Bull allows Perez and Verstappen to fight each other this weekend.
As history tells us, Red Bulls fighting in Baku can be a risky game…
Speaking of Red Bull, Baku will be a critical weekend for the team. Red Bull’s Chief Engineer, Paul Monaghan, has said that Baku will be the true test for the team’s DRS issues.
When the DRS was enabled in Monaco, the wing would open whilst the airspeed against it was around 160km/hour. In Baku, Monaghan has predicted it will be almost double that speed. This is why Baku will determine if Red Bull has fixed the issue once and for all as the speeds will be much higher.
After an unfortunate Monaco Grand Prix, Alex Albon has set his sights on Baku. The Thai driver has said that the race in Monaco was a “tricky day” and that the weather and red flags hindered his performance and rythm.
He did go on to say that the car did “feel competitive at points”. This should be promising for the Williams driver who will want to pull of another points finish sooner rather than later.
Albon has set his sights on this upcoming weekend, maybe this will be one for some points.
George Russell has stated that his Mercedes should be more suited to the streets of Baku than it was to Monaco. Russell believes that the porpoising should be less, and therefore there should be a quicker pace.
However, the British driver doesn’t think it will be a “transformative” weekend. Russell still believes he will be “three tenths” off the leaders and that the unpredictable road surface could be an issue.
Russell hopes to make it round the circuit, through the weekend and hopefully into the Top Five (once again).
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