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Baku - Azerbaijan GP Mega Thread

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Oh man... it's been far too long since I could say this.


I just remembered it's a Sprint Race too. It should be a real mess... haha. Any wild predictions?

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Looks like teams are concerned this year on how the Baku Sprint is going to take its toll on their parts supply.

Baku is the first F1 sprint event to be held on a street circuit, and the chances of accidents occurring have been ramped up by the decision to make the sprint a standalone event.

That is being done largely to encourage drivers to take more risks and produce a better show on Saturday because there will be no impact on their grid positions for Sunday's main event.

As an extra challenge, the Miami GP takes place the following weekend, which means that teams will have to tackle three street races in nine days, with limited time to get new parts to Florida if they are required.

"I'm nervous about a sprint in Baku because you just have not enough time to repair if you have major damage," said Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack when asked by about the risks.

"Because straight after the sprint you have the covers on, and in the morning you have only three, four hours to repair your car if it's heavily damaged.

"So there is a high risk with that exercise, but Baku it is not so difficult to overtake. If you take high risk in the corners then there is high risk obviously, but I think it will be a good show."

McLaren team head Andrea Stella admitted that damage is a concern.

"Yes, we are nervous," said the Italian. "At the same time, we are supportive of increasing the spectacle through the sprint races. Somehow, we have to adapt. There's also conversations open with the FIA and F1.

"So this is a collaborative process. Ultimately, we'll have to find the optimal point for the spectacle and also for teams to manage parts and to manage the costs in the cost cap."

In the context of the cost cap, teams are having to make a fine judgement between having enough spare parts to get through the street circuit weekends while not making too many examples of a specification that may soon be superseded as they continue to develop their cars.

"It's always on your mind with budget cap," said AlphaTauri technical director Jody Egginton. "The last thing you want is bits sitting on the shelf that you haven't run because you've obsoleted them and moved on without getting any benefit from them. So yeah, there is a risk.

"It's like back in the day in Monaco, you always wanted to make sure you had enough stuff because you were never sure what could happen. It's risk and reward.

"We'll take the approach we normally take and see where we are. But you can't afford, especially when you've got a very strong development programme, to be making an excess of parts.

"With our floor programme we have to manage it very carefully, because the floor development is planned to be strong, so you don't want stock lying around that you don't need.

"But at the same time, if you get a miss hit with one of the updates, you want to make sure you can roll back and have enough stock."
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I have to think Baku will provide a LOT of crashes.
Also, contrary to what I posted above, the format for the Sprint race has changed. Basically the qualifying for the main race will be Friday.

Then on Saturday they'll do a mini qualifying immediately followed the Sprint. So essentially it will be it's own mini race weekend.

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FP1 is over. Looks like Ferrari have made some real gains. Just 0.037 off of Max.

Mercedes never ran the softs, but were a full 1.5 seconds off the pace

And Aston Martin just around 10th fastest... are they sandbagging?
So Aston wasn't very fast. And. Mercedes looks to have gotten worse.... maybe

First time Hamilton out-qualified Russel.

Nice to see McLaren pulling in together... and Ferrari appears to be BACK?!?
That's about the only thing that was interesting about that race... truly dreadful otherwise.
Oh, and the chaos at the end with Ocon driving into the pits with people all over the place. That was insane.

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