For the first time since 2019, the F1 paddock returns to Azerbaijan for the sixth round of the Formula 1 season. This Sunday, 20 of the world’s best drivers throw down the gauntlet and give it all they’ve got for 51 laps around 6.003km/3.73miles of track embedded within the Baku metropolis.
Although last round’s glamorous race around the streets of Monaco handed the advantage over to Max Verstappen and RedBull – who now lead both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships’, we expect the likes of Mercedes to bite back this Sunday.
Join us as we preview the upcoming Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix and take a look at the latest odds and battles taking place on the grid.
FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GP BETTING
Top 6 Finishers
Sergio Perez – Sergio Perez is at 1/5 (1.20) to finish in the Top 6 this Sunday. Although publicly stating that he is still trying to settle into his RB16B, RedBull’s Mexican maestro has still successfully managed to finish within the Top 6 four out of five times this season. Perez’s best result so far has been two fourth-place finishes around the Portugal track and the streets of Monaco.
McLaren drivers – What an incredible season it’s been for Lando Norris so far. The young Brit finds himself in a Driver Championship third place, racing the tires off his MCL35M. Formula 1’s favourite streamer is at 7/20 (1.35) to finish in the Top 6 this Sunday and at 11/4 (3.75) to make it onto the podium and spray champagne for the third time this season.
On the other hand, things could be going a little better for Daniel Ricciardo, who recently finished well behind the action in 12th place at the Monaco GP. The Aussie is at 5/4 (2.25) to make things right in Baku – a track he famously won at back in 2017.
Ferrari drivers – Now that the red cars are finally showing some pace, another street circuit like Baku could suit them. Although he broke the hearts of his fans in Monaco by not being able to start on pole in his home race, Charles Leclerc has shown what he can do behind the wheel of the Ferrari SF21, with the two-time F1 winner at 7/20 (1.35) to finish in the Top 6 this Sunday.
Carlos Sainz must be on a high after securing his team’s first podium of the season last time around in Monaco. Seemingly coming to grips with his machinery quite quickly compared to most of the other drivers on the grid, the Spanish driver is at 5/4 (2.25) to place his car within the Top 6 come the chequered flag.
Sebastian Vettel – By outfoxing Sir Lewis Hamilton and making up three places to finish fifth around the tight streets of Monaco, Sebastian Vettel has re-entered the big-points conversation in Azerbaijan. The four-time world champion is at 6/1 (7.00) to get his Aston Martin within the Top six spots and continue his run of good form.
Pierre Gasly – Keen to grab every opportunity coming his way, Scuderia AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly measures up at 7/4 (2.75) to at least replicate his best finish so far and end the Azerbaijan GP as one of the Top 6 finishers.
Lewis Hamilton – Is it any surprise that the 98-time Formula 1 race winner comes in as the favourite at 6/5 (2.20) to take home the first-place trophy this Sunday. Undoubtedly keen to put things right after an abysmal showing in Monaco and reclaim the top spot on the Driver Championship, the English seven-time champion comes in at 11/10 (2.10) to get out of qualification with a pole position on the grid.
Max Verstappen – If he’s not second this season, he’s first. RedBull’s leading driver has consistently finished on the podium on each of the five races this season, winning twice and coming second three times. After a commanding display in front of the Monegasque crowd, Max Verstappen is measured at 5/4 (2.25) to win this Sunday and increase his lead in the Driver Championship.
Valtteri Bottas – Bottas fans would have had a hard time stomaching the Monaco GP after their driver’s race came to a premature end in the pits. Although his season isn’t going as planned, the Finnish driver is the most recent victor around the streets of Baku, with his chances of replicating his 2019 result at 8/1 (9.00) this Sunday.
Due to its close walls, tight corners and high speeds, the Safety Car has become no stranger to the Baku City Circuit. With teams often expecting hard racing between drivers and an accident or two always around the corner, the Safety Car is at 1/4 (1.25) to make another appearance this Sunday – having already been deployed in two out of the last four Azerbaijan GPs.
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*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.