Daniel Ricciardo: Baku street circuit is unique
Baku Formula 1 street circuit is unique, last year’s winner Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo said, the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza reported.
"Baku is different to other street circuits – because there are places where you can pass. Actually, lots of places where you can pass. As opposed to Monaco and Singapore where there’s not many places to overtake really. The trickiest thing in Baku is braking. There’s so many braking points where you have to commit and you have to brake as late as you can – but there’s no room for error. Once you’ve committed to that braking point, if you’ve locked a wheel, you’re in the wall. I’d say the hardest part about Baku is finding the limit with braking, and just having that confidence," the driver shared his impressions.
"You have Turn One, Turn Two and then the DRS straight. We’re honking down there, and then you see the wall coming, coming, coming and your instinct is to brake, brake, brake, brake. You need a lot of confidence to leave it late. That’s the biggest challenge with Baku, being able to really attack the braking, it’s such a high-speed circuit. Monaco is not that high-speed, it’s more about cornering, and Baku is more braking," he explained.
"With a street circuit you have to love it – but you also have to respect it and understand it. I understand that, to be fast, you have to be on the limit – but put yourself there and it can bite you," Ricciardo noted.
"Last year Baku was crazy in so many ways for so many people. Just like last week in Shanghai the team had an awesome strategy and made some great calls in the race. Did I think we would carve our way all the way up to first, no way, but everyone in front was dropping like flies, I was making some good overtakes and there was just all this momentum keeping me going. Crossing the line I was a bit confused, thinking how did we just win that race but also ecstatic. It was crazy, fun race and definitely one to remember," Daniel Ricciardo concluded.
In 2018, Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be held on April 27-29. The city track, located in Baku, is 6 km long and was designed by architect Hermann Tilke. The width of the widest part of the track is 13 meters, and the narrowest part is 7.6 meters between the turns 7 and 8. The Start and Finish lanes were located at the Azadlig Square. The Formula 1 Paddock, team garages and pit lanes were also located there.