Artem Markelov: winning Grand Prix Azerbaijan is worthy achievement
Baku City Circuit is very interesting, Russian racing driver Artyom Markelov, who arrived in the capital of the Azerbaijan Republic to participate in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, admitted, speaking with the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza.
"It's already my second time in Baku, and I would like to say that I love the Baku circuit, it's even more interesting than the Sochi Autodrom. It's more mobile, and it's very good that it's a street circuit that goes practically along public roads," Artem Markelov noted explaining his interest in Baku races.
He also noted the high level of interest in the race and support from the Baku citizens. "It's beautiful here around the circuit. A lot of people watch the races, everyone are interested in us and support us," the Russian racing driver said, adding that the morning June weather in Baku is just what engines of racing cars need.
Artem Markelov's goal in the race is nothing but victory. "We are in the top 30 in the championship and at the first team place, so our goal is nothing but victory. We need to win, earn points. Especially since it is a worthy achievement to win in Baku," he stressed.
The 8th round of the 2017 Formula One World Championship - the Azerbaijan Grand Prix kicks off in Baku today. Ten teams, two drivers in each, will compete on the six kilometer Baku City Circuit.
World-famous drivers Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and others will compete for the first places.
Formula 1 first practice session and second practice session, GP2 practice session and GP2 qualifying will be held on the first day of the races, June 23. GP2 first race, Formula 1 third practice session and Formula 1 qualifying will be held on the second day of the races on June 24, while the GP2 second race and Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will be held on the last day of the races, June 25.
The specially constructed street circuit will see F1 cars race around the stunning downtown area of Baku, incorporating its UNESCO-protected old city – Icheri Sheher historical-architectural reserve – as well as its modern skyline and beautiful Caspian Sea promenade.
The Baku City Circuit loops around the central and the most picturesque streets of Baku. When it came to selecting the perfect route for the race, the organizers decided to emphasize the panoramic view of the city. The length of the widest part of the track is 13 meters, and the narrowest width is 7.6 meters between the turns 7 and 8, which are situated along the Icheri Sheher.
The Start and Finish lanes will be located at the Azadlig Square. Moreover, the Formula 1 Paddock, team garages and pit lanes are also located there.