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F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix: 5 most consistent driver performances at Baku

Dev Tyagi
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Modified 24 Apr 2019
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Sebastian Vettel: P2 in 2016, P4 in 2017, 2 pole-positions, 1 lap record

Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix - Qualifying for F1 Baku
Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix - Qualifying for F1 Baku

Sebastian Vettel is yet to win the Azerbaijan GP. But interestingly, he's already collected a memorable stack of performances in the spine-bending 51-lap contest.

So what are these feats? Back in 2016, Baku, home to the European Grand Prix unfurled a stellar first-ever race that saw Nico Rosberg take the checkered flag. But even as he beat Vettel comprehensively, by a margin as enormous as 16 points, the German driver drove home 18 valuable points thanks to a fighting second.

Interestingly, Vettel had begun the race from fourth on the grid. And in clinching his P2 that year, he'd finish 16-seconds ahead of Perez, then in a Force India-Mercedes.

Moreover, Vettel's 2017 race, a feisty one - given his very evident temperamental outburst on the radio on Hamilton ('he brake-tested me') - saw him set the fastest lap ever recorded in the history of the race at Baku.

On Lap 47, with just 4 more to go, the Ferrari driver set a blistering 1:43:441, something that's not been bettered yet. Can 2019 unfold some drama?

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Published 24 Apr 2019
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