Race Preview: Azerbaijan
The inside track to the fourth round of the 2018 season. Find out all the important information by reading our race preview.
The Baku City Circuit is a unique venue on the calendar, with tricky tight sections reminiscent of Monaco juxtaposed with flat-out, high-speed straights which wouldn’t look out of place at Spa or Monza. At 6.003km in length it is one of the longest tracks visited during the 2018 season and if last year’s drama-filled event is anything to go by, then it will be a race to remember.
Baku City Circuit
The first DRS activation zone of the lap also doubles up as the long start/finish straight. The first corner which follows it, a tight 90-degree left hander, is a great overtaking opportunity as the drivers stand hard on the brakes.
The short shoot between turns two and three serves as the second DRS activation zone of the Baku City Circuit, with another 90-degree left-hander offering a second place for drivers to make a pass on their rivals.
The extremely narrow section between turns 8-11 is an eye-catching piece of asphalt with drivers threading their machines through a gap just 7.6m wide. Overtaking is virtually impossible here and it’s easy to slide into the walls so extreme care is vital.
Although technically the final four corners on the track, this section of the circuit is taken at full throttle and provides a hair-raising blast for the drivers before they emerge on to the long start/finish straight to complete the lap.
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Q: How challenging is the track on a low-med-high scale?
A: The long straights place a significant demand on the engine therefore the lubricants have to work effectively throughout and it’s also crucial that the Shell V-Power race fuel delivers top-end power and performs efficiently.
Q: What challenges do you face as a team?
A: Held in the middle of the Azeri capital Baku, this is definitely a unique race and provides a different, more compact working environment to the previous race in China. It has its own unique atmosphere and provides a definite contrast to other events.
At 6.003km long, the Baku City Circuit is the second longest track on the calendar behind Spa-Francorchamps at 7.004km.
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