The Formula 2018 season continues apace with round four in Azerbaijan – and a race which has a lot to live up to after the fireworks produced in Baku a year ago. Will Mercedes hit back after their defeats in Australia, Bahrain or China, or will Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull continue their inspired start to the new season?
A new addition to the F1 calendar in 2016, the Baku City Circuit proved to be a unique challenge. The street circuit encompasses a number of 90-degree turns at the start of the lap, which may be uninspiring but lead to overtaking opportunities. Then follows the already-iconic section from Turn 8 to Turn 11, with the track narrowing to just 7.6 metres as it winds around the walls of the historic old town. From there, high speed sweeping corners lead to the challenging Turn 15, with downhill braking and only run-off if a driver bails out early. Dropping down to the coast, the left-handed Turn 16 then leads to a flat out stretch – punctuated by a number of kinks – which measures 2.2km and sees cars reaching in excess of 350kph.
Join us later today for the latest updates and results from the Baku City Circuit, as the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix is scheduled to take place in Baku, with Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for victory in the fourth round of the 2018 Formula One season.