The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, as Max Verstappen looks to maintain his newly claimed championship lead: everything you need to know before the race
- The 2021 F1 season continues on Sunday with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
- GP return canceled last year due to Covid-19 outbreak
- Max Verstappen won previous time-out in Monaco, with Lewis Hamilton in seventh
- And the Dutchman now has a four-point lead over his rival after five races
The 2021 Formula 1 season continues on Sunday with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which returns after being absent last year due to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
It was a disastrous action packed weekend for Mercedes in Monaco, the last time Lewis Hamilton finished seventh and his team-mate Valtteri Bottas was forced to stop early because the mechanics were unable to remove his tire during a bizarre pit stop.
With Mercedes out of the picture, Max Verstappen drove to victory to take the Formula 1 championship lead from Hamilton, with Red Bull ahead in the constructors’ standings.
Now we look ahead to Baku, which appears on the F1 calendar for the fifth time, although first under its previous title of European Grand Prix in 2016.
The always exciting race – which has a mix of narrow bends and long straights ideal for overtaking – has been won by a different driver on all four previous occasions, although three have been in a Mercedes car.
And while Mercedes is trailing behind in both the Drivers and Constructors’ Championships for the first time in nearly three years, they are sure to perform well again.
With the intriguing spectacle approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Max Verstappen now leads the 2021 championships after his Monaco Grand Prix victory
When is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, June 6, with the race starting at 1:00 PM BST.
The first and second practice sessions will take place on Friday, June 4, with each session lasting one hour.
The last practice session will start at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning, followed by qualifying at 1:00 PM on the same day.
How to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?
Sunday’s Grand Prix can be seen on the Sky Sports Formula One channel, as with all season.
Sky Sports subscribers can watch the race online by streaming it on Sky Go.
Viewers can also buy a Sky Sports day pass at NuTV for £9.99, with a monthly pass for £33.99.
In addition, Channel 4 will be showing highlights from the qualifying rounds on Saturday at 5:30pm BST and the race itself at 5:30pm on Sunday.
Also on Sunday you can stay informed about the build-up and the match itself via Sportsmail.
Race schedule Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Friday June 4
- Exercise 1: 9.30am
- Exercise 2: 1:00 PM
Saturday 5 June 5
- Exercise 3: 10am
- Qualification: 1:00 PM
Sunday 6 June
Race Details Azerbaijan Grand Prix
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which was canceled last year, returns at 1 p.m. on Sunday
2019 winner: Valtteri Bottas (no race in 2020)
Circuit length: 6.003km
Race distance: 306,049km
First Grand Prix: 2016
Lap record: 1:43.009 Charles Leclerc (2019)
Monaco Grand Prix Chances
Lewis Hamilton will try to recover after a disappointing weekend in Monaco
Even before the season started, many anticipated that Hamilton would face a real challenge from Verstappen this year.
And although Hamilton won three of the first four races, that feeling has proved right, with Verstappen now leading the standings.
But with Mercedes doing well in Baku since its introduction in 2016, it is Hamilton who is the favorite to win again among the bookmakers.
- Lewis Hamilton – 6/5
- Max Verstappen – 5/4
- Valtteri Bottas – 8/1
- Sergio Perez – 2/17
- Lando Norris – 40/1
- Charles Leclerc – 45/1
* Opportunities according to Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
Formula 1 driver standings
Verstappen overtook Hamilton in the standings with Monaco Grand Prix victory
Formula 1 Constructors’ Ranking
With Hamilton in seventh and Bottas retiring early, Red Bull is now at the top of the standings