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Alex Albon, Williams FW44, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36
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Formula 1 Azerbaijan GP
Analysis

How teams will approach their Baku F1 upgrade paths

Formula 1 returns after a three-week hiatus to one of the trickiest circuits on the calendar. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku has always been an outlier for car set-up, as street track norms are thrown out the window. The unforgiving walls and tightness of spare parts also makes bringing upgrades a fine balance of risk and reward, making for an interesting approach from teams

The 2.2-kilometre stretch along Neftchilar Avenue, overlooking the Caspian Sea, rather sets the cat among the pigeons when it comes to devising the best set-up for the Baku City Circuit.

The usual convention for years on a street track was, owing to a plethora of 90-degree corners and the need for pinpoint handling control between concrete walls, to bolt on the biggest wings available. After all, low speeds equal lower downforce, so in the equation for lift force (expressed as a negative to define downforce) other variables must be increased to compensate.

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