Stakes raised as Formula 1 action heads to Baku for Azerbaijan Grand Prix, catch all the action on Dstv SuperSport

Viewers on DStv can look forward to the eighth round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, live from the Baku City Circuit on the afternoon of Sunday 12 June 2022.

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The previous round in Monaco saw Red Bull’s Sergio Perez claim an upset victory, capitalising on a poor strategy from Ferrari which cost pole sitter Charles Leclerc the chance to win his home Grand Prix, as he only came home in fourth spot. Perez’s teammate Max Verstappen was third, with the other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jnr in second.

The result means Verstappen holds a nine-point lead over Leclerc at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings, while Red Bull has a 36-point advantage over Ferrari at the head of the Constructors’ Championship.

This weekend sees the F1 circus head to the Baku City Circuit on the streets of the Azerbaijan capital. Perez won this event in 2021 and will be looking to continue his momentum after the triumph in Monaco.

“It’s a dream come true. As a driver, you dream of winning here. After your home race, there is no other special weekend to win. It’s a massive day for myself and my country,” said the Mexican, who has been backed to be a title contender by former champion Jacques Villeneuve.

He’s been fast all year and is not blown over by Max. He’s the only teammate who hasn’t been completely run down by Max,” the Canadian explained.

Title leader Verstappen was also left happy with Red Bull’s smart work on the Monaco weekend, allowing him to edge out a further advantage over Leclerc when that seemed highly unlikely after qualifying.

As the whole team, we can be pretty pleased with this Sunday. It was a hectic one with the rain and stuff but we executed it well, and I extended my points lead which I didn’t expect last night. That is a positive,” said the Dutchman.

Leclerc, meanwhile, was left frustrated by Ferrari’s strategy blunder: “We didn’t discuss it. They just called me in and from the car, you don’t have a clear picture, so I believed in that,” said the Monegasque. “We lost a lot of points today and it’s a shame. The disappointment is big.”

Leclerc and Ferrari will look to bounce back in Baku, though the fact that they have never won this event – and the high-speed nature of the track, which suits Red Bull’s car – could make it another tough weekend for the Scuderia.

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Azerbaijan Grand Prix broadcast details, 11-12 June 2022

All times CAT

Saturday 11 June

15:50: Qualifying – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1

Sunday 12 June

12:55: Race – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1

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