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5 Crazy Predictions for the 2018 F1 Baku Grand Prix

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1.80K   //    26 Apr 2018, 09:13 IST

Baku GP 2017 Podium
Baku GP 2017 Podium

The fourth round of the 2018 Formula One season comes to us in Azerbaijan and the beautiful city of Baku. For only the third time in its history, the city will play host to a Formula One race. 2016 saw a rather standard affair, while 2017 produced the race of the year, with a surprise podium, clashes and chaos all round, and a brilliant Daniel Ricciardo surge to victory.

This time, the championship lies squarely at the feet of Sebastian Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and even Ricciardo chomping at the bit to steal the lead in the world title race. If there's ever a time for a spanner in the works for the entire championship, Baku is the place.

Will we be saying "Well done Baku" once more, or will the championship proceed without much incident? After the jamboree that was the Chinese GP, we don't even know why we're trying to guess, but that isn't stopping us!

#1 Raikkonen on pole

Kimi Raikkonen after taking pole in Monaco 2017 next to Valtteri Bottas & Sebastian Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen after taking pole in Monaco 2017 next to Valtteri Bottas & Sebastian Vettel

The story of Kimi Raikkonen in 2018 has been rather unfortunate, as he has been putting in some stellar drives both in qualifying and in the race. Due to a combination of bad luck and Ferrari strategy, the Finn just hasn't been able to get the most out of his season, remaining 5th in the championship.

Just being pipped to pole by teammate Sebastian Vettel in China, the time seems ripe for the Iceman to get back on pole here in Baku. Vettel will be under pressure from Lewis Hamilton breathing down his neck, and with Baku being such a delicate track, it seems dangerous for the German to push his car to the max.

Raikkonen, however, will have nothing in his mind except to drive fast, having nothing to lose and everything to prove. The veteran is in prime position to throw his Ferrari around the street circuit with no regard for anything except pole position.

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