Azerbaijan GP (2021)

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03 Jun - 06 Jun
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Pirelli concludes investigation into Baku F1 tyre failures

Pirelli has concluded the tyre failures that affected Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll at Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix were likely caused by how their teams were running the tyres.

Tsunoda's Baku F1 pace so fast Tost feared he would crash

AlphaTauri Formula 1 boss Franz Tost admits that Yuki Tsunoda's race pace was so fast in Baku that he feared that the Japanese driver might crash.

The weighty issue F1 needs to find a balance with

OPINION: After consecutive street races with contrasting highlights, one theme stood out which has become a prevalent issue with modern Formula 1 cars. But is there a way to solve it or, at least, reach a happy middle ground to help all parties?

Seidl ‘strongly disagrees’ with inaction over yellow flag speeding

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl “strongly disagrees” with Formula 1 race director Michael Masi’s decision not to take any action over yellow flag speeding in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Positives can still be taken from Baku F1 pain

Lewis Hamilton says that there were positives to take away from Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, despite crossing the line in 15th place and failing to score points.

F1 drivers backed decision for two-lap standing restart in Baku

Formula 1 drivers backed the decision to resume Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix for the final two laps with a standing start from the grid.

Norris could have received harsher red flag F1 penalty - FIA

Lando Norris was spared a harsher penalty for his red flag infringement in Baku Formula 1 qualifying due to “mitigating circumstances” despite his protests the sanction was too strict.

The changes behind a ‘feel-good’ F1 result in Baku

OPINION: The Azerbaijan Grand Prix had elements that make Formula 1 really exciting – unpredictability and shock results. This resulted in heartbreak for several of the championship’s regular contenders and joy for others who rarely reach the ultimate limelight. And one of those on the Baku podium is riding a wave of form he’s keen to continue

Verstappen: Lost points will hurt when F1 returns to "normal tracks"

Max Verstappen says his retirement in Baku was especially frustrating because his Red Bull Formula 1 team enjoyed a clear advantage over Mercedes in the last two street circuit events.

Which F1 records does Lewis Hamilton have? Most wins, poles and more

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula 1, but which records does he currently hold? Find out here!

Bottas: Slump in form in Baku is "weird"

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has admitted he was confused about his "weird" lack of pace in the Azerbaijan GP.

The Red Bull design that avoided a flexi-wing protest

Formula 1 had arrived at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix braced for a showdown over the flexi-wing saga.

First images revealed of planned Saudi F1 track pit building

The promoter of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has released the first renderings of the planned pit building complex for the Jeddah Formula 1 race in December.

Binotto "expected something better" from Ferrari in Baku GP

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto says the Maranello outfit was "expecting something better" after going backwards in the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Horner disagrees with way Wolff "roasts" own F1 team

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says he does not agree with the way that rival Mercedes chief Toto Wolff lambasted his own Formula 1 team over its performances in recent races.

Masi disagrees with Rosberg over "dangerous" Baku F1 pit entry

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has disputed 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg’s claim that Baku’s pit entry is one of the “most dangerous” and “scary” places on the calendar.

Autosport Podcast: Azerbaijan Grand Prix review

Sergio Perez won a hectic Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix after seeing both Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton drop out of the victory fight in dramatic circumstances.

Brawn: "Thrilling" end to Azerbaijan GP bodes well for F1 sprint races

Ross Brawn believes the “thrilling” end to Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix following the red flag bodes well for when Formula 1 debuts its sprint races at Silverstone next month.

Why Verstappen's scepticism puts pressure on Pirelli

When Max Verstappen's failed Formula 1 tyre arrives back at Pirelli's Milan headquarters on Monday, the company's laboratory technicians will face some urgency in finding answers about what happened in Baku.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Azerbaijan GP

Sergio Perez took his first Formula 1 victory with Red Bull in an eventful Azerbaijan Grand Prix as 2021's two title protagonists both failed to score. Autosport assesses the key talking points, as Mercedes' number two endured a trying weekend, Ferrari's qualifying form turned to disappointment on race day and Pirelli came in for criticism

What is the Mercedes magic button and what does it do?

Lewis Hamilton threw away a potential Formula 1 victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix by accidentally pressing a "magic" button on his steering wheel. Here is what that magic brake setting actually does.

Vettel hopes Aston Martin can carry F1 momentum after "rough start"

Sebastian Vettel hopes his second-place finish in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix can help the team build momentum after a “very rough start” to the 2021 Formula 1 season.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An eventful weekend in Baku full of incident and drama lent the race result an unusual feel, as three drivers scored their first podiums of the year. But it wasn't the eventual race winner who scored top marks in our driver ratings

Drivers to raise concerns over safety car delay in Baku

Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz Jr have raised concerns over the delay in deploying the safety car following Max Verstappen's crash in Sunday's Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Wolff: Mercedes form ‘unacceptable’ in F1 title fight

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team’s current performances in Formula 1 are ‘unacceptable’ if it wants to have any hope of beating Red Bull this season.

Masi: No reason not to restart Azerbaijan GP after red flag

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi felt there was no reason not to restart Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix despite a red flag with three laps to go.

How three drivers 'won' the Azerbaijan GP

Formula 1's return to Baku after a year away had thrown up an eventful qualifying marred by four red flags, but the race appeared to be running to a familiar Red Bull vs Mercedes template entering the closing stages. That is, until a dramatic conclusion where victory was snatched away from two drivers, before landing in the lap of Sergio Perez

Haas: Mazepin's finish line swerve at Schumacher a ‘misunderstanding’

Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner says his drivers have “cleared the air” after Mick Schumacher was left fuming over a late move by Nikita Mazepin at the chequered flag in Baku.

Pirelli suggests Baku F1 tyre blowouts may be caused by debris

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola believes that the left rear tyre failures experienced by Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll in the Azerbaijan GP could have been caused by debris.

Leclerc lost Azerbaijan GP lead to Hamilton after avoiding tree branch

Charles Leclerc has revealed that he lost the lead of Sunday's Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix to Lewis Hamilton after avoiding a tree branch on track at Turn 15.

Gasly worried engine problem could cost him Baku F1 podium finish

Pierre Gasly has revealed that he was battling an engine problem during Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix that he feared could cost him a podium finish.

Hamilton explains 'magic button' incident that led to Baku F1 restart off

Lewis Hamilton's lock-up at the restart of Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix was caused by him accidentally hitting the 'magic button' on his steering wheel that alters brake balance.

Verstappen: Pirelli will blame debris for Baku F1 tyre blowouts

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has hit out at Pirelli after the tyre blowout which cost him the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix win, suggesting the manufacturer will blame debris.

Vettel: Tyre management paved way for maiden F1 podium with Aston

Sebastian Vettel believes the way he looked after his tyres during his first stint at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was key to his first Formula 1 podium with Aston Martin.

Perez came close to retiring car before late Baku victory

Sergio Perez came close to retiring his car from Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix before snatching a late victory after Red Bull Formula 1 teammate Max Verstappen's tyre failure.

Grand Prix race result: Perez wins Baku F1 race after Verstappen blowout

Sergio Perez won his first Formula 1 race for Red Bull in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after longtime leader Max Verstappen blew a tyre and crashed out late on.

F1 Azerbaijan GP: Perez wins thriller after Verstappen tyre failure

Sergio Perez won Formula 1’s 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel after Max Verstappen dramatically retired in a late tyre blowout and Lewis Hamilton’s restart overtake went wrong.

Azerbaijan GP under late red flag after Verstappen tyre failure

The Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been thrown under a late red flag following a tyre failure for race leader Max Verstappen with four laps to go.

F1 Azerbaijan GP Live Commentary and Updates - Race day

Live commentary and updates from Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku

Ocon: F1's braking focus behind Baku crash fest

Formula 1’s spate of crashes over the Baku weekend are a consequence of a recent trend of teams and drivers chasing lap time gains under braking, reckons Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.

Why Domenicali has a tough ask to save F1's 23-race calendar

Following the cancellation of the Singapore Grand Prix last week due to coronavirus restrictions, Formula 1 is seeking replacement options to keep its planned 23-race calendar alive. But this bold ambition destined to fail?

Ferrari planned to use Hamilton’s tow to grab Baku pole

Laurent Mekies has revealed that Ferrari successfully planned to use a tow from Lewis Hamilton to help Charles Leclerc score pole in qualifying for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

"Bored" Wolff yet to decide on F1 flexi-wing protest

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says his team has made no decision yet on whether or not it will protest Red Bull’s rear wing at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Gasly 'doesn't have an answer' for AlphaTauri's improved Baku form

Pierre Gasly says he has no explanation for his AlphaTauri Formula 1 team's improved competitiveness in Baku after equalling his best-ever qualifying in fourth for the Azerbaijan GP.

How Hamilton recovered from his F1 practice ‘disaster’ in Baku

Without knowing the context of Formula 1 qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a listen to Lewis Hamilton’s parc ferme radio would suggest he took pole position.

Norris: F1 stewards should have rethink after 'unfair' penalty

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says that the FIA stewards should have a rethink after he received what he called an 'unfair' penalty in Baku.

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Start time, how to watch, & more

Charles Leclerc has taken pole position for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Leclerc: I don't feel like Ferrari has stolen Baku F1 pole

Charles Leclerc does not feel like Ferrari has “stolen” 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix pole, as he believes he could have topped Baku Formula 1 qualifying even without the Q3 stoppage.

Norris gets grid penalty for Baku F1 red flag infringement

Lando Norris has been handed a three-place grid drop for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as the McLaren Formula 1 driver was adjudged to have contravened red flag regulations.

Alonso: Unfair that F1 drivers causing red flags can keep grid positions

Fernando Alonso believes it is "unfair" that Formula 1 drivers who caused red flags by crashing in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix are allowed to keep their grid positions.

Perez "very pissed off" to miss out on Baku F1 front row start

Sergio Perez felt “very pissed off” not to qualify on the front row of the Formula 1 grid in Baku on Saturday after a mistake in Q3 left him seventh.

Verstappen rues "stupid qualifying" after missing out on Baku F1 pole

Red Bull's Max Verstappen rued a "stupid" Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying session, as a late red flag meant the Formula 1 championship leader was unable to improve his third-fastest time.

Leclerc didn't expect Azerbaijan GP F1 pole after "shit lap"

Charles Leclerc says his surprise pole at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix followed "quite a shit lap" as the Ferrari Formula 1 driver benefitted from a late red flag.

Hamilton: Qualifying second for Azerbaijan F1 GP a "monumental result"

Lewis Hamilton labelled his front row start for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as a ‘monumental result’, after what he said had been a ‘disaster’ of a Formula 1 weekend.

F1 Azerbaijan GP: Leclerc takes pole in interrupted qualifying

Charles Leclerc claimed a second successive shock Formula 1 pole as Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying ended in similarly bizarre circumstances to Monaco when a late Q3 stoppage prevented final improvements. 

Azerbaijan GP qualifying results: Leclerc on pole for Baku F1

Charles Leclerc took pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku for Ferrari on Saturday, the sixth round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Binotto leaves pit wall seat as Ferrari completes reshuffle

The Ferrari Formula 1 team has completed a planned reshuffle of its management personnel, with a new head of strategy taking up the job in Azerbaijan this weekend.

F1 Azerbaijan GP: Gasly tops FP3 as Verstappen causes red flag

AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly has topped Saturday's third free practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as Red Bull's Max Verstappen caused a red flag and Mercedes continued to struggle.

Alpine: Flexi-wing push motivated by weight saving

The push for flexi-wings in Formula 1 was motivated more by saving weight than any straightline speed advantage, says Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski.

F1 Azerbaijan GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live updates for Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix final practice and qualifying.