After missing out on the COVID-affected 2020 calendar The Azerbaijan Grand Prix held on the streets of Baku is set to become the sixth round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship.
After a rather tame affair around the streets of Monaco, Max Verstappen and Red Bull left Monte Carlo leading both the Drivers' and Constructor's championships, can they maintain their lead or will Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes strike back?
Elsewhere Lando Norris continued his fine start to the season claiming his second podium in five races to retake third place in the Drivers' championship from Valtteri Bottas. However, McLaren just about maintain their grasp on third place with a resurgent Ferrari team closing the gap to just one point.
With Baku always providing a spectacle you won't want to miss the action!
When is the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix will follow the traditional Grand Prix weekend format and is set to kick off on Friday, June 4 when the drivers will take to the track for their two practice sessions.
Saturday, June 5 will see an additional practice session take place in the morning before the drivers make their qualifying runs in the afternoon.
The Grand Prix will get underway on Sunday, June 6 with the drivers set to battle for glory around the 6.003-kilometer street circuit.
What time is the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?
The First Practice session will start at 12.30 pm local time (9.30 am U.K.) with the Second Practice session starting at 4.00 pm local time (1.00 pm U.K.), both sessions will run an hour long.
The Third Practice session (which once again runs an hour-long) on Saturday will go green at 1.00 pm local time (10.00 am U.K.) with the weekend's qualifying session taking place at 4.00 pm local time (1.00 pm U.K.).
The actual race will be flagged off at 4.00 pm local time (1.00 pm U.K.). Will Verstappen and Hamilton continue their dominance or can someone break the duopoly?
A comprehensive list of the timezones can be viewed below
What time does the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix start?
|Time Zone||Azerbaijan GP Start time|
|Pacific Daylight Time||5.00 am|
|Central Daylight Time||7.00 am|
|Eastern Daylight Time||8.00 am|
|Brasilia Standard Time||9.00 am|
|Western Europe Summer Time/British Summer Time||1.00 pm|
|Central European Time||2.00 pm|
|Eastern Europe Summer Time||3.00 pm|
|Gulf Standard Time||4.00 pm|
|India Standard Time||5.30 pm|
|Western Indonesia Time||7.00 pm|
|China Standard Time||8.00 pm|
|Korea/Japan Standard Time||21.00 pm|
|Australian Eastern Standard Time||10.00 pm|
|New Zealand Standard Time||12.00 am|
How many laps is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?
The 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will consist of 51 laps and will cover a distance of 306.049 kilometers.
The race should not cross the two-hour mark though this is contingent on factors such as Safety Cars, weather conditions, and Red Flags.
What does the championship look like?
Verstappen's win in Monaco handed him the lead of the F1 Drivers' Championship for the first-ever time in his career. The Dutchman leads title advisory Hamilton by four points with Red Bull leading Mercedes by a solitary point in the team standings.
Norris is currently third in the driver standings with 56 points with Bottas, Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc, and Carlos Sainz all within nine points of each other.
The complete driver and team standings can be viewed below
Formula 1 standings 2021
||Red Bull Racing||105|
||Mercedes AMG Motorsport||101|
||Red Bull Racing||69|
||Mercedes AMG Motorsport||47|
||Scuderia Alpha Tauri||31|
||Aston Martin F1 Team||28|
||Aston Martin F1 Team||9|
||Scuderia Alpha Tauri||8|
||Alfa Romeo Racing||1|
||Alfa Romeo Racing||1|
||Verstappen & Pérez||174|
||Hamilton & Bottas||148|
||Leclerc & Sainz||94|
||Ricciardo & Norris||92|
||Gasly & Tsunoda||39|
||Vettel & Stroll||37|
||Ocon & Alonso||25|
||Räikkönen & Giovinazzi||2|
||Latifi & Russell||0|
||Mazepin & Schumacher||0|
How can I watch the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?
In the United Kingdom, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will air live and exclusively on Sky Sports F1. Coverage of the race will begin at 11:30 BST/12:30 CET with the likes of Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, and Paul Di Resta at the venue.
A complete guide to the networks broadcasting the race can be viewed below
How can I watch the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix?
|UK and Ireland||Sky Sports F1/Channel 4 (Highlights)|
|United States||ESPN 2|
|India||Star Sports Select 2/Hotstar (Online)|
Another way to view the Spanish Grand Prix is through F1 TV, F1's own digital streaming platform that helps you get inside the pit lane while accessing real-time statistics and timing, along with historical content.
Users can live stream every track session for every one of the Grand Prix, along with access to all the onboard cameras and team radios for your favourite drivers. In addition to Formula 1 content, you can also get F2, F3, and Porsche Supercup content as well.
Find out more here: https://f1tv.formula1.com/?xyz...