The motorsport is preparing to experience an intense weekend with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prixeighth round of the 2022 World Cup.
Unpredictable race. In the last five editions of the race held in Baku, every year we have had a different winner, thanks to the nature of the track which has always given rise to spectacular races, full of twists until the last lap. This is also due to the atypical nature of this city track that tests single-seaters with slow 90-degree corners and long straights. The challenge for the engineers is precisely to find the best aerodynamic configuration to be fast on the straight, but without giving up the downforce to tackle the first two sectors of the track, the more driven ones. Attention also to the reliability factor, which has returned widely this year: the power units are quite stressed and must guarantee good driveability in the mixed / slow section, without wasting energy which will instead be useful for facing the extensions of the third sector. Who will win this year? Statistics say the sixth different winner could come, why Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are this weekend’s favorites.
Unique personality. Due to the characteristics of the track, it can be said that Baku combines the complexity of Monaco with the speed of Monza, confirming itself as a street circuit with a unique personality. In light of this, Pirelli has chosen the three softest compounds in the 2022 range: the C3 will be the PZero White Hard, the C4 will be the Yellow Medium and the C5 the Red Soft. Mario Isola, Pirelli’s motorsport director, explained: “Before the debut in Gedda, Baku was the fastest street circuit on the calendar. However, for the tires it is not too demanding, because there are no corners that exert enormous loads on the tires. Abrasion levels are low and lateral forces low, so having the same Monaco nomination is a consistent choice. However, it must be said that the high speeds reached on this track put the tires to the test. The key factor here is traction: the main challenge for the teams will be to find the right balance between the front and rear axles, because if you need to warm up the front to generate grip, knowing that the long straights will cool the tires, the heat will not it must be excessive at the rear, otherwise in the traction areas there is a risk of overheating. Furthermore, the erratic temperature of the asphalt contributes to making Baku a circuit with peculiar characteristics and various technical challenges, which however are the same for everyone “.
Ferrari must react. On the eve of Baku, looking at the rankings, it is clear that the Ferrari it is called upon to react as quickly as possible. Max Verstappen leads the drivers’ standings with 125 points, nine more than his direct rival, Charles Leclerc. But Red Bull Racing is playing with two strikers, as Sergio Perez is just 6 points behind the Monegasque. He must react to Ferrari, but above all Carlos Sainz must do so. The Spaniard candidly admitted that he is not completely comfortable with the F1-75 and that he is struggling to drive it as he would like. And it is no coincidence that Carlos in the standings is even George Russell, author of a string of uninterrupted placings from the first race, despite a not exactly brilliant W13.
The Azerbaijan GP on TV. The Baku race will be broadcast exclusively on the Sky platform and streamed on Now. As usual, however, qualifying and the race will be broadcast unencrypted for everyone on TV8 with a few hours of delay. Instead, you can follow all the action on the track with live commentary and recap at the end of each session wherever you are, through ours Special F.1.
Friday 10th June
Free Practice 1 – from 1pm live on Sky Sport F1
Free Practice 2 – from 4pm live on Sky Sport F1
Saturday 11 June
Free Practice 3 – from 1pm live on Sky Sport F1
Qualifying – from 4 pm live on Sky Sport F1, delayed TV8 at 6.30 pm
Sunday 12 June
Race – from 1pm live on Sky Sport F1, delayed TV8 at 6pm
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