Sergio Perez departed Azerbaijan last year as a grand prix winner with Red Bull, and he goes into this season's return as the latest to triumph for the team given his victory in the last race in Monaco.
Perez's maiden success with Red Bull in Bakucarried with it a degree of good fortune due to team-mate Max Verstappen's unfortunate blowout when comfortably spearheading what was poised to be a one-two.
There was nothing fortunate about Perez's win around the streets of Monte Carlo as strong tactics from Red Bull provided the platform for the Mexican to firmly thrust himself into the F1 title picture this season.
Going into this weekend's race, just 15 points separate Verstappen and Perez, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc sandwiching the duo, nine points behind the Dutchman.
Leclerc took a stunning pole position ahead of Perez in qualifying, who will dodge the chaos to win?
Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Race Hub
F1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX START TIME
SUNDAY- Grand Prix: 15:00 local time [12:00 BST, 07.00 EDT]
WHERE CAN I WATCH THE 2022 F1 AZERBAIJAN GP?
Every session of the weekend will be shown live on Sky Sports' dedicated F1 channel. Customers who subscribe to Sky Sports F1 can also watch all the action on the move thanks to the Sky Go app.
Alternatively, you can purchase a NOW TV Day Pass for just £9.99 to watch all of Sky Sports' coverage on your smart TV, mobile device, tablet or computer.
On Channel 4, only the British and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix are being shown in full on free-to-air television in the UK this year. Highlights of all other races will be shown in a 'prime-time' slot on C4.
In the US, ESPN will carry live coverage of every session to subscribing fans Stateside.
Friday's practice sessions will be available on ESPNU whilst all the action from Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Live streaming is available via the ESPN App.
ABC will show free-to-air coverage of the US and Mexico Grands Prix, although this coverage only covers the races.
In Australia, all sessions from each weekend of the year will be broadcast live on subscription service Fox Sports or through its Kayo streaming service.
Nine Network offers a free alternative, showing highlights of all 23 races as well as the Australian Grand Prix live.
In Canada, qualifying and the race will be aired live in English on subscription channel TSN, which pulls in coverage from Sky Sports in the UK. The TSN GO app allows fans in Canada to watch F1 on the move.
French-language coverage is available on RDS to subscribers, which will air qualifying and the race live. You can download RDS GO if you are out and about.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE 2022 AZERBAIJAN GP ON F1 TV PRO?
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ODDS FOR THE AZERBAIJAN GP
Max Verstappen - 6/4
Charles Leclerc - 6/4
Sergio Perez - 3/1
Carlos Sainz - 14/1
George Russell - 50/1
Lewis Hamilton - 66/1
Pierre Gasly - 90/1
Fernando Alonso - 150/1
Lando Norris - 200/1
Sebastian Vettel - 200/1
Yuki Tsunoda - 200/1
Daniel Ricciardo - 250/1
Valtteri Bottas - 300/1
Esteban Ocon - 300/1
Kevin Magnussen - 1000/1
Guanyu Zhou - 1000/1
Mick Schumacher - 2000/1
Lance Stroll 2000/1
Alexander Albon - 2000/1
Nicholas Latifi - 3000/1
[William Hill - Odds correct at time of writing]
GPFans' F1 AZERBAIJAN GP PREDICTION
This is going to sound surprising but we feel Sergio Perez is on the up and up and given his victory at this circuit a year ago, and the way he performed in Monaco, he could have the edge again.
Perez proved a year ago he enjoys this circuit, and he certainly displayed a better feel for the RB18 around the streets of the principality compared to Verstappen, and there is no reason to suggest that will not carry over into this weekend.
Of course, the big question is, just how will Ferrari fare in comparison. Over one lap, the SF-75 has the upper hand but come race day, the Scuderia has recently shown it knows how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in more ways than one.
There is something brewing this season, and Perez is starting to prove himself to be the fly in the Verstappen/Leclerc ointment.
WINNER: Sergio Perez