Formula One 2019: Azerbaijan GP TV Guide, Live Stream Info and Odds

Lewis Hamilton
Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 14 in Shanghai, China. Dan Istitene/Getty Images

The fourth round of the Formula One World Championship takes teams to Azerbaijan, the newest track on the calendar. Mercedes are already setting the pace this season, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas dominating the first three races, while Ferrari have failed to live up to expectations so far.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the weekend.

When and where is the race?

Baku's historical center will again be serenaded by the sound of Formula One cars tearing down its narrow streets as the Baku City Circuit hosts a round of the Formula One championship for the third year in a row.

The most recent addition to the Formula One calendar, the circuit in the Azerbaijani capital made its debut in 2016 when it hosted the European Grand Prix, before staging the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the two following years.

The race is scheduled to begin at 4:10 p.m. local time (8:10 a.m. ET) on Sunday, April 28.

Where to watch

Coverage of race day will begin on ESPN2 on Sunday from 7:30 a.m. ET, with coverage of the GP set to begin at 8:05 a.m. ET.

The race will also be available on ESPN+ and via WatchESPN.com, while Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue will all offer a live stream.

What's the story of the season so far?

Mercedes have dominated the beginning of the season, with Bottas winning in the opening weekend in Australia and Hamilton triumphing in Bahrain and China. It is the first time since 1992 that a team has had its cars finishing first and second in each of the first three races of the season.

The Briton leads the drivers' standings with 69 points, followed by his teammate on 67. Ferrari, meanwhile, have been way off the pace in the opening three races, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc picking up a solitary podium finish each.

Vetten and Leclerc are fourth and fifth in the standings with 37 and 36 points, an already sizeable gap from their Mercedes rivals.

The German's third-place finish in China was overshadowed by Ferrari's decision to ask Leclerc to let him through, even though the latter had overtaken Vettel at the start. The Scuderia has repeatedly insisted Vettel retains the status of number one driver for the time being, but it appears as though team orders have only served to make a difficult start to the season even more complicated.

Max Verstappen, meanwhile, is third in the standing with 39 points but Red Bull looks unlikely to challenge Mercedes's superiority any time soon.

What do the bookmakers say?

Bookmakers expect the Grand Prix to be a straight shootout between Hamilton and Vettel, with the Briton looking for a third consecutive win this season and a second in a row in Baku.

According to OddsChecker, Hamilton is a 7/4 favorite to win the race, while Vettel's odds of securing a first win this season fluctuate between 2/1 and 9/4.

Bottas and Leclerc are both at 3/1, while Verstappen is a 25/1 shot to become the second Red Bull in three years to win in Baku after former teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Lewis Hamilton
Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 14 in Shanghai, China. Dan Istitene/Getty Images
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