Here’s a look at the 2023 Azerbaijan GP preview, schedule, live stream details and our predictions for this weekend in Baku
Formula One action resumes in Baku after this short break following three enthralling races in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Australia. Teams will reach Azerbaijan by the 26th of April and will take part in the practice sessions ahead of the main race on April 30. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is also set to host the first Sprint Race event of the 2023 season on April 29.
Azerbaijan GP 2023 Preview and Track
The 2023 Formula 1 Azerbaijan GP will take place at the Baku City Circuit – giving fans a view of modern architecture as well as historic buildings around the capital city of Azerbaijan. The circuit is an FIA Grade 1 licensed circuit and spans over a total length of 6 km including 20 turns and has a capacity of 18,500. The inaugural edition of this F1 Grand Prix was held back in 2017 and this is set to be the sixth edition.
The Baku City Circuit is the third longest track on the F1 calendar. Interestingly, the Grand Prix hasn’t seen a repeat winner since its inaugural edition in 2017. In the previous edition, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished on top of the podium. Sergio Perez (2021), Valtteri Bottas (2019), Lewis Hamilton (2018) and Daniel Ricciardo (2017) are the winners of the earlier editions.
Azerbaijan GP 2023 Schedule
Practice 1: Friday, April 28 – 15:00 IST
Qualifying: Friday, April 28 – 18:30 IST
Practice 2: Saturday, April 29 – 15:00 IST
Sprint: Saturday, April 29 – 19:00 IST
Race: Sunday, April 30 – 16:30 IST
Azerbaijan GP Live Stream Details
Fans can catch the action on the ESPN network in the United States. Viewers in the UK can watch every session from the start of the first practice session to the end of the race on Sky Sports. In India, the qualifying session and main race will be broadcast live on F1 Pro TV. All practice sessions, qualifying sessions and the main race can also be streamed live on F1 Pro TV.
Azerbaijan GP Predictions
Red Bull has been on fire and started the season with a bang, registering 1-2 finishes in both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia followed by another race win in Melbourne. Other teams have a lot of catch up to do and the reigning champions are expected to dominate the grid once again. P1 for Verstappen, P2 for Hamilton and P3 for Perez is our prediction for the weekend.
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