Venue: Baku City Circuit
Daniel Ricciardo claimed a thrilling win in China and looks worth following for at least another podium finish in our Azerbaijan Grand Prix betting predictions.
The Australian delivered an overtaking masterclass to secure a sixth career victory and boost his hopes of playing a major part in this season’s title fight.
His moves on Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and finally Valterri Bottas were all world class and highlighted the race pace of the Red Bull car.
Red Bull have work to do on their one-lap qualifying performance, but the 28-year-old prevailed from sixth position on the grid in China.
He also started a lowly 10th place in this race last season, before weaving through to take the chequered flag first.
Team principal Christian Horner said: “We have got a very quick car, which we have demonstrated.
“Daniel is a very rounded driver, he is absolutely at the top of his game and he has been for the last couple of years.
“He has that balance of experience and is one of the best overtakers in the business. His judgement is impeccable.”
How the Chinese Grand Prix finished:
1 Ricciardo (Red Bull), 2 Bottas (Mercedes), 3 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 4 Hamilton (Mercedes), 5 Verstappen (Red Bull), 6 Hulkenberg (Renault), 7 Alonso (McLaren), 8 Vettel (Ferrari), 9 Sainz (Renault), 10 Magnussen (Haas), 11 Ocon (Force India), 12 Perez (Force India), 13 Vandoorne (Renault), 14 Stroll (Williams), 15 Sirotkin (Williams), 16 Ericsson (Sauber), 17 Grosjean (Haas), 18 Gasly (Toro Rosso), 19 Leclerc (Sauber), DNF Hartley (Toro Rosso)
We’re also including a 9/1 punt on Ricciardo to make it back-to-back victories in our Azerbaijan Grand Prix betting tips.
“I don’t seem to win boring races,” said the Aussie after claiming his first triumph since last June’s Baku success.
Team-mate Max Verstappen has come in for criticism following reckless manoeuvres in the last couple of races, but he could be worth a saver at 9/1.
The young Dutchman has collided with Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel this month, but there have still been exciting glimpses of his potential.
“Maybe I should not calm down, but oversee the situation a bit more,” Verstappen said.
“I don’t think I necessarily need to be less aggressive – as it has nothing to do with being overly aggressive – but maybe I am just wanting it too much.
“I have been quite good at overtaking before but somehow this year, maybe with the previous two races not going my way, I’ve wanted to recover the points and it’s worked against me.
“Of course, this is definitely not what I want. It’s a life lesson and I need to learn from what has happened.”
Past Azerbaijan Grand Prix results:
2017 Ricciardo (Red Bull), Bottas (Mercedes), Stroll (Williams)
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