2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Predictions: Will Wounded Mercedes Strike Back Against Red Bull?

Published 05/28/2021, 3:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during the race REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo


Next weekend, the Formula One community heads to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Red Bull and Max Verstappen head into the race weekend high on confidence. This is because the Dutchman, who clinched victory at Monte Carlo, grabbed the championship lead.

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Of course, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will not take that lying down. The German giants and the British superstar will be determined to bounce back from their disappointing Monaco GP. And Baku will provide them with a great opportunity to reclaim the championship lead.

Heading into the race weekend, Mercedes could be the favorites to win. This is because the outfit has enjoyed considerable success on the street circuit. However, Red Bull has also performed reasonably well, having racked up a win there. Therefore, it is really tough to call. The long straight could benefit Mercedes‘ top speed, but Red Bull could excel in the tight and twisty sections.

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Who will win at Baku – Red Bull or Mercedes?

To be perfectly honest, Mercedes is not a team that makes mistakes very often. However, when they actually do, they always seem to come back stronger in the next race. A good example of this was the 2019 German Grand Prix, where they had a nightmare race, but they were able to turn things around for the rest of the season.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Nacho Doce

The question is, will lightning strike twice and allow Mercedes to regain their bearings? Or will Red Bull continue their good run of form and make the German giants sweat? Additionally, the reigning constructor’s champions need to do something about Valtteri Bottas and his rotten luck.

On Tuesday, the team had only just pried that pesky wheel nut from the Finn’s car. Sadly, that cost him the race and poor old Lewis Hamilton had to fly the Mercedes flag alone.

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