Lewis Hamilton was the only driver not to use the word **** in the top-three qualifiers' interview in parc fermé (the others used a word that rhymes with tit). Mercedes had been struggling to find single-lap pace, but the tow from Bottas dragged Hamilton onto the front row. Bottas didn't get a tow, and he botched the exit of Turn 16, and he was the slowest car in Q3.
Lando Norris got a three-place grid penalty* for not entering the pits during a red flag. Antonio Giovinazzi and Lance Stroll will start from the back of the grid after having crashed in Turn 15 before they had even set a time in Q1.
* From the stewards' decision: "The Stewards assume that if a red flag is not respected during qualifying, a drop of 5 grid positions is appropriate. However, if you consider that the driver only had a very short time to react due to his position on the track, a drop of 3 grid positions is sufficient as an exception."
Race start time,
local time (UTC +4)
Local time info/conversion: https://www.timeandd...azerbaijan/baku
World map with race start times: https://twitter.com/...6188298/photo/1
Looks like a partly cloudy day with a high of 25–28°C.
National weather service: https://meteo.az/az/hava/baki-abseron
WolframAlpha: https://www.wolframa...eather forecast
Race start tyre among Q3 drivers
Soft for everybody (Leclerc, Hamilton, Verstappen, Gasly, Sainz, Pérez, Tsunoda, Alonso, Norris, Bottas).
Strategies according to Pirelli
The pole lap
Verstappen 105 ¹¹ ²²²
Hamilton 101 ¹¹¹ ²
Norris 56 ³³
Bottas 47 ³³³
Sainz 38 ²
Red Bull 149
Aston Martin 19
Alfa Romeo 1
Previous circuit results
FIA circuit map: https://www.fia.com/...Circuit Map.pdf
Event & timing information: https://www.fia.com/...ing-information
Official documents: https://www.fia.com/...eason-2021-1108
Pit stop time loss
It seemed to be 19.5–22.5 seconds in 2019.
Edited by ANF, 06 June 2021 - 08:39.