Take Monaco away and Lewis Hamilton has been on top form lately, winning from pole in two out of the last three races. He didn’t perform well here last year as he could only manage fifth after starting 10th on the grid, but it was teammate Nico Rosberg who got the win which proved that Mercedes has the pace here.
Sergio Perez - HOT
Since Nico Rosberg has retired, Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez are the only two current F1 drivers to have ever stood on the podium in Baku, as Perez got a third-place finish here last year. Additionally, the Force India team proved that the car was a force to be reckoned with in Canada, although the guys on the pit wall might need a bit of work.
Fernando Alonso - NOT
Alonso got to take a break at Indianapolis before returning to cockpit of his historically unreliable MCL32 at Canada. The car remained true to its reputation and broke down in practice and the race, and so Alonso went off into the crowd and made a few more fans. Alonso failed to finish here last year and, notably, we didn’t hear him complaining about the car in Canada, leading us to to wonder if he’s just going to accept that this will be his fate for the next few events.
Haas - HOT
The Haas F1 Team isn’t a force to be reckoned with up front just yet, but it is starting to show promising signs of consistency as the team has now scored at least 1 point in the past three races. Additionally, one of the team’s struggles to date has been with its brakes, yet last time out at Canada - a track known for being tough on brakes - both team cars made it to the finish.
Nico Hulkenberg - HOT and NOT
Again, Hulkenberg continues to fly just under the radar, picking up four points finishes this season while his teammate Jolyon Palmer has failed to score one. Hulkenberg finished ninth here last year, leading us to believe he could take one of the top 10 spots this weekend. The problem is that - as of right now - there are no indications to believe a top five finish is in his near future.