Event: Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix
Track: Baku street circuit

Weather: dry  25°C
Tarmac: dry  42°C
Humidity: 50%
Wind: 1 km/h E
Pressure: 1009 bar

Sergio Pérez scored his 6th F1 race win today. The Mexican driver won the Azerbaijan F1 GP for the second time. It was his 2nd race win of the 2023 season. The Red Bull driver started from P3 and got a bit lucky with the safety car. It was the 96th race win for Red Bull Racing.

2023 Azerbaijan F1 GP Race Report

Red Bull Racing claims top two positions as Hamilton battles through the field

The 2023 Azerbaijan Formula 1 Grand Prix saw an intriguing mix of strategy and on-track battles, as most of the grid started on Pirelli's Medium compound tyres. However, three drivers – Nyck de Vries in the AlphaTauri, Nico Hulkenberg's Haas, and Esteban Ocon of Alpine – opted to start on the Hard compound tyres in a gamble to achieve their best possible result.

A clean start to the race was followed by a surprising lack of incidents in the early laps. De Vries managed to overtake Valtteri Bottas for 17th place. Once DRS was enabled on lap 3, Max Verstappen used a significant 35 km/h speed advantage to snatch the lead from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. Shortly after, Sergio Pérez followed suit, demoting Leclerc to third place.

The first pitstops came early for Bottas (Alfa Romeo) and Pierre Gasly (Alpine), who both pitted on lap 7. In the 10th lap, Fernando Alonso was hot on the heels of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. As Alonso prepared to overtake, Hamilton dived into the pits for his scheduled stop. Unfortunately for the AlphaTauri team, de Vries was forced to retire soon after due to a broken steering rod. Verstappen then pitted, but the timing coincided with the deployment of the safety car, allowing several drivers to gain a "free" pitstop. This cost Hamilton dearly, as he found himself in 10th place.

As racing resumed, all drivers were on the Hard tyre compound. Hamilton began his charge through the field, overtaking Hulkenberg and Ocon, as well as his teammate George Russell, to climb up to 7th place. On lap 20, an error by Lance Stroll in his Aston Martin at Turn 16 enabled Hamilton to pass him with the assistance of DRS, securing 6th place.

By the race's halfway point, the top 10 order was: 1. Pérez, 2. Verstappen, 3. Leclerc, 4. Alonso, 5. Sainz, 6. Hamilton, 7. Stroll, 8. Russell, 9. Ocon, and 10. Hulkenberg.

Zhou Guanyu was forced to retire his Alfa Romeo on lap 37 due to a technical issue. With 10 laps remaining, the field appeared to have settled, with the most notable battle occurring between Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and Hamilton. Despite coming tantalizingly close on several occasions, Hamilton was unable to pass Sainz due to his Mercedes' lower top speed.

Classification 2023 Azerbaijan GP

P No Driver Team Time Laps Grid Pts
1 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez
Austria Red Bull 01:32:42.436 51
2 1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull 01:32:44.573 51
3 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Italy Ferrari 01:33:03.653 51
4 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom Aston Martin 01:33:04.460 51
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz
Italy Ferrari 01:33:27.927 51
6 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes 01:33:28.581 51
7 18 Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Aston Martin 01:33:34.053 51
8 63 United Kingdom George Russell
Germany Mercedes 01:33:56.676 51
9 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris
United Kingdom McLaren 01:34:02.812 51
10 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Italy AlphaTauri 01:34:06.298 51
11 81 Australia Oscar Piastri
United Kingdom McLaren 01:34:08.937 51
12 23 Thailand Alex Albon
United Kingdom Williams 01:34:11.059 51
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United States Haas 01:34:12.165 51
14 10 France Pierre Gasly
France Alpine 01:34:13.768 51
15 31 France Esteban Ocon
France Alpine 01:34:20.230 51
16 2 United States Logan Sargeant
United Kingdom Williams 01:34:23.379 51
17 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg
United States Haas 01:32:52.373 50
18 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Switzerland Alfa Romeo 01:33:01.534 50
DNF 24 China Zhou Guanyu
Switzerland Alfa Romeo Technical 36
DNF 21 Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Italy AlphaTauri Collision 9

Fastest lap: 1:43.370 min by George Russell, Mercedes (no.63) on lap 51

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9 F1 Fan comments on “2023 Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix Results

  1. shroppyfly

    Nice 1-2 Rb , well done Checo,and well done Max, how demoralizing must it be for Charlie boy, BUT was it an exciting race, Not Really , the pitlane debacle was high up on the list of exciting moments but what else? King G snatching the fastest lap from the normal contenders, BUT what else?

  2. Jere Jyrälä

    A straightforward race & an easy RB 1-2 as expected. SC caught out Max, though.
    Checo is a relatively easy choice for DOTW & DOTD.
    Someone needs scolding for letting photographers enter the pit lane with Ocon arriving, a similarly risky situation to Albon in Melbourne last season.
    De Vries couldn’t get anything right this weekend. Another unforced error that proved costly.
    The worst 2023 race so far & the second worst Baku race.

    • donalf

      Very much a follow the leader race and here's me saying CL got a chance of winning when actually he didn't get a sniff of the RBs once they got going, disappointed with Georgie boy thought he would have done better, Alonso still working really hard and showing he can still produce a performance but all in all a bit boring. 😜

  3. f1award

    Boy did the FIA shoot themselves in the foot, so keen are they to deploy the safety car to bunch up the drivers whenever possible all they did is put the drivers on the same pit schedule and help make a boring race. Should have been a VRSC.

    • Shroppyfly

      Don't pick on the Fia , they did it to give certain drivers a bit of help to catch up , and I don't mean Konig Maximus, and yes I do mean the Dozey Dame who was caught dreaming of having a faster car and passed by two drivers in one go.

      • donalf

        To be honest Shropp I would say scrap the crap, forget the sprints, let's take a few steps back to where we were, a a few practice sessions, never mind the extra points for qualifying in the sprint I'm saying, save it for the race., in my mind sprint races should not be part of f1 save it for Goodwood I'm sure it would go down better there... F1should be a one off race with no messing around keep it straight forward & simple but let's see some RACING. 😜

      • f1award

        You're clueless shoddypost, FIA continue to deploy SC to try and make the race more exciting but affectively kill it. All you can do is have your usual sad pop at LH.
        I made a valid point politely and all you can offer is demented anti LH rubbish.

        • shroppyfly

          Lol you polite, stop crying and start waving your Charlie flag, and Dozey Dame , I was being polite, youll know when its an insult


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