The 2017 Azerbaijan GP will be the eighth round of the Formula One and will be held from June 23-25 on the Baku City Circuit, a street circuit located in Baku. Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel has lost more than half of the advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the Formula 1 Driver Standings due to the outcome of the race in Montreal, but the focus now shifts to the Azerbaijan GP. World championship rivals Ferrari and Mercedes have matched each other’s tyre for the race in Baku, as confirmed on Tuesday by Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli, who has released the list of how many sets of each compound every driver will bring to the Azerbaijan GP.
All four cars from the top two teams in F1 will have eight sets of super-softs, four sets of softs and one set of mediums available each for the Baku race weekend. Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have also chosen eight sets of super-softs, although they have gone for one more set of mediums, and one less set of softs, than the leading teams have available for Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
The variation in choices through the field is limited, with McLaren the only team taking 10 sets of super-softs per driver, while everyone else has eight or nine sets of the softest compound for the weekend. Aside from the two Red Bull cars, the only other drivers opting for two sets of the medium tyre are Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) and Marcus Ericsson (Sauber-Ferrari).
The first Formula One race on the Baku City Circuit, in 2016, was named the European Grand Prix, meaning that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix officially joins the Formula One calendar starting with this season. Practice one and two of the 2017 Azerbaijan GP are scheduled to take place on Friday June 23. On Saturday, June 24, practice three and qualifying will determine who gets pole ahead of the race on Sunday.