Verstappen confident heading into Azerbaijan Grand Prix


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2021 FIA Formula One World Championship 

2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 

Baku City Circuit 
Baku, Azerbaijan 
Sunday, 6 June 
 
Max Verstappen is in a confident mood heading into the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on Sunday. 
 
The Dutchman will start this weekend's race as a World Championship leader for the very first time following his win in Monaco two weeks ago. 
 
Verstappen has yet to finish higher than fourth in Baku, having come home in that number in the most recent race at the Azerbaijan circuit in 2019. There was no race last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
 
The Dutchman, who already has two race wins under his belt this season, holds a narrow four-point lead over defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton heading into Baku. 

"Baku’s a completely different street circuit where you run a lot less downforce because of that long straight and the grip levels also feel quite low there," said Verstappen. 

"Normally we should be quite competitive, but let’s see."
 
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes
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Valtteri Bottas won the most recent race held in Azerbaijan, finishing first ahead of Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in 2019. 
 

Azerbaijan Grand Prix, previous winners: 

 
2019: Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes 
2018: Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes 
2017: Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 
2016: Nico Rosberg - Mercedes (*held as European Grand Prix) 
 

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Published: 06/04/2021