Scuderia Ferrari like the rest of the Formula One circus head to new pastures this weekend just one week on from the Canadian Grand Prix at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen head to another street circuit with the inaugural European Grand Prix on the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan taking place on Sunday.
Vettel heads to Azerbaijan following a second place finish in Montreal where he also led the race for a considerable time before losing the lead following his second pit-stop to Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen heads into this weekend’s race hoping to get his season back on track following two disappointing Grand Prix in Monaco and Canada.
Speaking about the new circuit in Azerbaijan Vettel commented by saying:
“I don’t know much about Azerbaijan. “I’m really looking forward to getting there, as I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I’ve heard that the track is very exciting, with parts leading through the whole town and narrow in places. So, I think it should be exciting. I am a big fan of street circuits. Usually, they are very tricky, bumpy, rough, very narrow places. So, hopefully Baku fulfills these expectations and goes in line with other street circuit classics.”
Vettel’s race engineer Riccardo Adami commented by saying:
So far we have seen this track only on the simulator. “We did a specific session to understand the characteristics of this track. It is a challenge because it features a very difficult sequence of corners and one long straight and then you go through the town with the famous turn 8, a peculiar turn of this track, where all of a sudden the course becomes very narrow.” Weather could also play a role here, according to Adami: “It will be very different from Canada, we’re expecting warmer weather and even hot conditions. Normally, in this place, it should be quite windy. So, it will be a challenge for us to tackle properly the set up to find the right balance between the long straight and the slow speed corners and the braking.