Azerbaijan Grand Prix Preview: More Chaos in Baku?
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Over the last two years, Baku, Azerbaijan has given us everything we could ever want from a Formula 1 race. Chaos, heartbreak, excitement, drama - we’ve had it all, so it couldn't be coming at a better time.After a disappointing showing in Shanghai, this weekend should pick up the pace with a track known for its unpredictability. In the three F1 races held in Baku thus far, we’ve had three different winners with the pole sitter going on to take victory only once. Over the last two years alone, the full safety car has been called no less than six times, four of which came in 2017. Last year's race will be best remembered for the dramatic coming together of the two Red Bulls, Fernando Alonso’s heroic recovery drive to seventh after his two-wheeled opening lap, heartbreak for Valtteri Bottas after a last minute puncture cost him what was looking like a certain victory, and Lewis Hamilton inheriting the spoils to claim first place. As a street circuit, Baku gives few opportunities for overtaking. The castle section, in particular, proves an impossibly tight complex to follow through. Even so, making moves is still doable provided that drivers pick their spot carefully. Turns one to three in particular yield some opportunities for overtaking in addition to, of course, the huge DRS-assisted straight that makes up the majority of the third sector.
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