What a difference a year makes.
Baku’s first grand prix currently sits among the ten worst races of the last ten years. But Sunday’s race was rated among the top ten by F1 Fanatic readers.
A series of unpredictable incidents, places swapping hands until the chequered flag fell and not a little controversy added up to a race we’ll remember for a long time. Here’s what you said about it.
What more could you ask for? Several contenders for the win, underdogs holding top five positions for long periods on merit (Stroll, Magnussen, Alonso), drama, crashes, collisions, brain-explosions, a bit of luck and some outrageous overtakes. Who overtakes three cars at once?! Who does that!? Crazy. Force India must be kicking themselves.
Since 2007 there have been four races that I have recorded and never deleted on my set top box. Just so I can watch and re watch and re re watch whenever I like. This is the fifth.
Heart-thumping moments throughout. It’s been a while since I had my heart in my mouth. The last one being when both Mercedes crashed last year in Spain. A lot will be said and written about the ‘negatives’ and it is to an extent true that there were more negatives than positives but once a while you need these races that awaken the teen in you.
Plenty of good racing all around the field, contacts, clashes, drama between the two championship contenders & a breath-taking finale to the chequered flag.
Just improve the marshalling, that was below average.
A very good race for F1 standards. Somewhat reminded me of IndyCar/CART street-track races from late 90s.
It was a bit of a crazy race with all the Safety Cars and the red flag, I thought that some of the safety car periods could have been dealt with by the virtual safety car which in turn wouldn’t have led to some of the other problems.
A part of me thinks that they chose to use a full safety car to close the field up and try to make things more exciting, which for me made the race feel a bit artificial and probably resulted in me giving it a slightly lower rating. Race control would obviously deny their intention was to liven things up and say their decisions are based on safety reasons only.
With everything going on it was an entertaining race, much better than I expected as I thought it would be dull race like last year.
I wouldn’t want all races to be like that but that was incredible to watch! 3 wide into turn 1 on multiple occasions – often when DRS was disabled. Lots of incidents and some really strong drives.
There was a small but vocal minority who didn’t like what they saw.
This was a joke, not a peak in motor racing.
Drivers unable to keep it clean, track marshals unable to effectively remove stopped vehicle, unable to deal with debris well. Red flagging, many Safety Cars, restarts are always somewhat random, so you screw up once, you have another go later. This race displayed how badly prepared Baku still is.
Many people rate high because a lot happened in this “race”. But what happened was not racing but random chaos that someone came on top of.
Total joke as a race although entertaining.
And that old bugbear, the Drag Reduction System, came up again.
Good up until DRS robbing Stroll and Williams of second at the final moment.
When the car behind has 20kph boost from a gimmick, its just wrong.
While there wasn’t much common ground between those who enjoyed the race and those who didn’t, several people admitted to feeling suspicious that the many Safety Car periods had beencalled to ‘spice up the action’.
That was just a mess, a great race, but at times, for the wrong reasons.
The Safety Car seemed to be deployed as a tool to spice up the race. A Virtual Safety Car would have been far more appropriate the second time. The safety car ended up causing more issues than it solved the second time round.
Rate the Race: The Twitter verdict
On Twitter the story was much the same: Plenty of praise for the race but also a few complaints that it felt rather artificial.
— Champion SpeedSport (@championspeed) June 25, 2017
— Matt (@lordjim_2001) June 25, 2017
— AG (@AGo1) June 25, 2017
— Kevin Madden (@kevin_madden) June 25, 2017
— Nathan Jenkins (@NAJ9000) June 25, 2017
— Black Hole Sun (@Houston60) June 25, 2017
— Абаза (@Abaza738) June 25, 2017
The f1 race yesterday was just immense. Had a bit of everything. Need more of those in the coming weeks and months
— Talha Rahman (@TalhaOfficial1) June 25, 2017
— James Wilcock (@James_Wilcock) June 25, 2017
— Christopher Schrader (@EastCoastFolk) June 25, 2017
— Phill Clark (@phillclark) June 25, 2017
— Kieran The Suit Man (@ALankyTwitty) June 25, 2017
#AzerbaijanGP only 10 sec penalty for dangerous act of petulance. Vettel and the stewards – you should be ashamed. F1 just lost another fan
— Trevor Simpson (@s46854867) June 25, 2017
I just watched the craziest F1 race ever #AzerbaijanGP
— Eber Amezcua (@eberalejandro45) June 25, 2017
What a crazy #f1 race, Vettel again showing he has no class, higher penalty needed! Great drives by Ricciardo & Bottas, super for Stroll!
— Ross Paul (@rosspb) June 25, 2017
What a grand prix! #AzerbaijanGP had everything! If you did not watch it, do so! Still pumped
— S.P.Q.R (@MarcoPetroz) June 25, 2017
— Ryan D (@ryandougIas) June 25, 2017
— Los Blancos (@joseangelmaria) June 25, 2017
— Andrew Mather (@andrewtheblade) June 25, 2017
— Steve May (@maystation4) June 25, 2017
— Run Motorsport PR (@RunMotorsportPR) June 25, 2017
What an end to the Grand Prix, full of incidents #F1
— MisterJ (@ThisIsMisterJ) June 25, 2017
F1 should seriously just scrap all compounds except US, SS, S this year. Far too hard.
— Craig Baxter (@TheChazmR) June 25, 2017
Race of the decade? #F1
— Matthew Ross (@mattjohnross) June 25, 2017
— Tim Hodges (@timmyhodges) June 25, 2017
— Hannah Clayton (@H_Y_Clayton) June 25, 2017
That F1 race was carbon fibre wrestling.
— Alex J Scott (@AlexJudeScott) June 25, 2017
The #AzerbaijanGP was so good today I watched it twice 🏁👏👏
— Shaun Stevens (@Muscles_11) June 25, 2017
#f1 we need to ask why so many safety cars just to clear some debris. Hamilton was right – where was the virtual safety car?
— PA (@propanalyst) June 25, 2017
Never imagined that the f1 race would be the most exciting of the day
— Marco flores (@Marco_Flores429) June 25, 2017
Meh. Out of the three races today. NASCAR was the weakest. Indy car the best then F1 then NASCAR.
— Dylan whitlock (@dylan27w) June 25, 2017
— Roy Varghese (@RoyAVarghese) June 25, 2017
— Ronald (@HenryEvansha03) June 25, 2017
From year after year of boring seasons, #F1 is finally interesting & juicy again like how it used to be.
— Franchise Huuhkaja (@FranchiseOwl) June 25, 2017
Finally caught up with the F1. That race had it all! #BakuF1
— Ben Green (@Ben_Green13) June 25, 2017
F1 finally gets exciting now they can drive in to each other!
— Michael Ord (@OrdMichael) June 25, 2017
I love F1 so much, it's crazy lol never experienced something like today's race. I will be watching a Grand Prix live soon! Can't wait
— Alex (@AlexDjuricFX) June 25, 2017
— Carl Barfield (@carlos_nomad) June 25, 2017
Vettel road-raging is the best thing I've seen in #F1 in ages 😂
— Wayne D (@skiwithwd) June 25, 2017
Just saw the #AzerbaijanGP . It was the good, the bad and the ugly. Or the Stroll, the Force India and the Vettel.
— Matthieu Mastalerz (@Mastaf1) June 25, 2017
— Afición al Motor (@Aficionalmotor) June 25, 2017
— Nicole Bralsford (@Littleyellowpix) June 25, 2017
Just caught up with today's #F1. In shock! That's one of the craziest & best races I've seen in over 20 years.
— Catriona (@AuroraEstella) June 25, 2017
Genuinely expected another boring Street race, how wrong I was, race of the season #AzerbaijanGP
— Matt Robinson (@Tansley0790) June 25, 2017
— Baillie Watterson (@BailliePenguin) June 25, 2017
Unbelievable F1 race today from Baku and the best race so far this year – it had everything the (neutral) fans could wish for. 🙀
— peter unwin (@peter_unwin) June 25, 2017
— Shawn Sellers (@shawnjsellers) June 25, 2017
— Hayley Edmondson (@HayleyEdmondso1) June 25, 2017
The Mr and I are catching up on today's F1, and it's been a long time since we yelled at the screen this much.
— L.D. Lapinski (@ldlapinski) June 25, 2017
What a crazy F1 race…!!
— Matt Holmes (@ItsMattTweeting) June 25, 2017
The F1 was mad.
— Harry Smith (@smiffy_h) June 25, 2017
Just watching the F1. Got to put a lot of the mess on the use of safety car. Cautions breed cautions, and they did.
— Tim (@twhtly) June 25, 2017
F1 at it's best today. Long straights, low grip track surface and barriers in close proximity = perfect mix
— Andrew Jackson (@ajack01) June 25, 2017
Just managed to watch the #f1 race from Azerbaijan, I have only seen the highlights but I was shouting at the TV all the way, what a race !
— Ian Knight (@zort70) June 25, 2017
That was one hard F1 track today .. light to dark everywhere … those guys all did well
— David Evans (@DMEvans1069) June 25, 2017
Oh well today's race is one of the reasons in its purest why I love F1
— asooR (@roosaellin) June 25, 2017
Did not enjoy the race. Crazy, but not a competition for who drove better. A comedy #F1
— Filiberto Geoni (@Fixy7) June 25, 2017
Just caught up with the #F1 race today. Wow. Not seen one like that in a while!
— Andrew Tanner 🇪🇺 (@andrewdtanner) June 25, 2017
Best race in the F1 turbo era. High rate of attrition, tempers flaring, and Fernando scores the first points for McLaren F1 this year.
— Lincoln W. Whitlow (@ssd_lincoln) June 25, 2017
Today's race was epic tho! #F1
— David….✗🍻 (@WeezyDaSilva) June 25, 2017
#AzerbaijanGP awful city circuit, with no enough width, safety car too slow, and race judges totally unfair on Ferrari.
My compliments!! 😡
— youtube.com/SteveJax (@StevenJaxx) June 25, 2017
#AzerbaijanGP it was one of the best races in recent years with lots of suprise.
— Gurkan Sarikaya (@connectuses) June 25, 2017
Just caught up with the #F1. What a crazy race. I could barely watch the last dozen laps.
— Ben Hastings (@benjhastings) June 25, 2017
#AzerbaijanGP incredible. Finally a race worth watching. Someone tipped the safety car to help spice things up. F1 needed that!
— Ryan Dadds (@peeved_d4ddzy) June 25, 2017
— Michelle (@mich_elle_grace) June 25, 2017
— Ella Stevens (@EllaStevens28) June 25, 2017
— .—-.–. (@aimeemystique) June 25, 2017
— David Wasserman (@weewass) June 25, 2017
What an unbelievable #f1 race today. Wish they were like that every race. Game on for the championship
— tully gallagher (@tullygallagher) June 25, 2017
Questionable conduct on both sides but this Hamilton v Vettel incident is excellent for the sport #F1
— Alan Livingstone (@AlanLivingstone) June 25, 2017
2017 Rate the Race Results
|2017 Australian Grand Prix||6.408|
|2017 Chinese Grand Prix||7.534|
|2017 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.957|
|2017 Russian Grand Prix||4.900|
|2017 Spanish Grand Prix||7.869|
|2017 Monaco Grand Prix||4.936|
|2017 Canadian Grand Prix||7.545|
|2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix||8.790|
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2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
- Vettel accepts Hamilton did not brake-test him
- “Lost all respect for the FIA” – Hamilton endorses fan’s view on Vettel ruling
- Vettel issues formal apology for Baku clash with Hamilton
- Vettel avoids further sanction over clash with Hamilton
- ‘No change’ at Force India: Drivers still free to race despite costly Baku clash