With Ferrari aiming to keep up its pole-winning form and McLaren's Lando Norris continually excelling, what can we expect to see this weekend at what is perhaps the most unpredictable venue on the calendar?
Flexi-wing protest to overshadow the Azerbaijan GP
Without question, running a flexible rear wing will provide a massive advantage in Azerbaijan with Red Bull, among others, able to run a higher downforce set up without the usual tradeoff of straight-line speed. This will be particularly useful on the 2.2km start straight.
Although the rhetoric of winning and losing as a team quickly returned, it was clear Hamilton had been stung by the loss of his championship lead to Verstappen
The inquest into what was a thoroughly underwhelming weekend for the team has been swift with Wolff pleased by the reaction back at the factory, comparing it to that which he witnessed after a disappointing pre-season test earlier this year.
Despite lingering fears over the power of the Red Bull flexi-wing, the constant threat of a safety car on Sunday could see the pit wall play a pivotal role in the outcome of the race.
For the first time in the turbo-hybrid era, Mercedes is on the back foot.
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