2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix: What Kind of Weather to Expect at the Baku F1 Race?

Published 06/02/2021, 11:58 AM EDT
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and France during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)


This weekend, the Formula One paddock heads to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Red Bull enter the weekend on a high note after their win in Monaco. Meanwhile, Mercedes come into the weekend on the back foot and as the hunters for the first time ever. Of course, there could be a few wary eyes on the skies, in case the weather decides to play spoilsport.

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On the bright side, there does not seem to be any indication that it might rain in Baku. This will come as a relief for the drivers, especially considering the track’s nature. It is a mix of wide and open areas and tight and twisty sections, and if it does rain, an already difficult track to navigate could turn into a nightmare.

What to expect from the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

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The long 2.2 km main straight is pretty much the capital of Slipstream City. Past races have shown that cars can go three abreast into Turn 1, making for exciting racing. However, from that point onwards, the track’s characteristics change completely; the track loops around and dives into a narrow, winding section where drivers have to be millimeter perfect.

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The long straight and the tight, twisty sections also offer teams a massive dilemma in the setup department. This is because they are forced to choose between less drag or downforce.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 28: Lando Norris of McLaren and Great Britain during the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 28, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

As per reports, the F1 teams can expect temperatures ranging between 24°C and 25°C. As a result, the Formula 1 teams have to adapt their strategy accordingly and extract the maximum performance. One thing is for sure, the dogfight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will intensify.

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Hamilton is eager to forget all about his disappointing Monaco Grand Prix. However, Max Verstappen will want to prove that the Monaco win is not a flash in the pan. Red Bull have taken the championship lead for the first time, and they will not give it up so easily.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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