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427   //    27 Apr 2018, 04:15 IST

Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix
The Maiden Tower watching the race go by

The city of Baku has only hosted two Formula One races since its inaugural Grand Prix in 2016.

But there has been some fair share of memorable moments over the last couple of years.

Azerbaijan has been officially called the European Grand Prix in which the race title used to belong to the Valencia Street Circuit until it's last race in 2012, which was won by Fernando Alonso (Ferrari at the time).

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes won the first ever F1 race to take place in Azerbaijan which would help his chances of overcoming Lewis Hamilton in the 2016 world championship.

The 2017 edition of the race was even more dramatic when Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won an astonishing race after the Australian started in 10th position.

This weekend is looking to be another twist to the short history of Azerbaijan's contribution towards the F1 world.

Let's take a look at Sportskeeda's top five Azerbaijan Grand Prix moments...

#5 Perez getting the podium for Force India

European F1 Grand Prix
Checo has had some experience on the F1 podium

If Sergio Perez had announced retirement from F1 today - he would surely be remembered for his tyre management skills that have helped him achieve a total of seven podium finishes since he began with Sauber in 2011.

Perez will also be remembered for his one year stint at McLaren when he replaced Lewis Hamilton after the Briton made his move to Mercedes.

His McLaren spell proved to be a tough time for the Mexican as the 2013 season started the long winless period for the British team.

McLaren's last race win in F1 was at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2012.

Perez then moved onto Force India where he would have a better spell. He has so far added four podium finishes to the three podiums he secured in 2012 for Sauber.

At the first Azerbaijan race in 2016, Perez had one of the best weekends of his F1 career. In qualifying, the 28-year-old was the second fastest on the track and would start alongside Nico Rosberg on race day.

Perez finished third but one of his finest moments in the race was overtaking Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to seal the podium deal.

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