High tension in the streets of Baku

The last two races in Azerbaijan have had controversial accidents and surprising podiums: Stroll in 2017 and Pérez in 2018.

The urban circuit of Baku receives the World Championship with the longest straight of the season, 2.2 kilometers of pure top speed, and the narrowest curve, just over six meters in the historic center of the capital of Azerbaijan. It will be the third time to host a race, although the first one, in 2016, did it as a European GP. Then Rosberg won from the pole on a Sunday with few emotions, it was not a good start, so few could predict that in 2017 and 2018 the Azerbaijani GP would be one of the most spectacular events of the championship.

Two years ago sparks flew between Vettel and Hamilton when the German hit the wheel with a wheel, intentionally, after Lewis slowed down excessively behind the safety car. 'Seb' had to go through the FIA and hear a good fight for his complaints about radio and his action in the race, which was slightly punished because despite everything he finished ahead of the five-time champion that day (he released his belt and had to make an extra step in the pits). Ganó Ricciardo.

Picture The Australian was one of the protagonists last year: after much tempting luck to try to overtake Verstappen, they both played at the end of the straight in one of the most spectacular accidents between teammates who remember The safety car came out and when the race relaunched, Vettel lost all his options with a braking pass that seemed eternal. Bottas was going to win when a puncture left him out of the race and at the end lived Hamilton, who a few laps before could not have imagined it.

As an example of how unpredictable this six-kilometer track can be: the last podiums achieved by a driver that outside of Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull took place in Baku: Lance Stroll took Williams to the 'cajón' in 2017 and Sergio Pérez did the same with Force India in 2018.

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