“I love this track and the street circuits”, says the Ferrari driver on the eve of the Azerbaijani GP. Sainz: “Baku tricky track”
The Ferrari is preparing to experience another important Formula 1 weekend. After Monte Carlo, it is time for another street circuit: that of Baku, in Azerbaijan. In the presentation press conference, Charles Leclerc he says he loves this track: “I have good memories here, I’ve always been strong”. Carlos Sainz he wants to repeat himself after the good second place at the Monaco GP and underlines: “An insidious track, it is difficult to find the braking points”.
After Montecarlo, the Formula 1 World Championship moves to Baku for the second consecutive race on a street circuit. Although the tracks, however, are very different from each other: that of the Principality of Monaco is slow and winding, while the stage of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix offers the longest straight on the world calendar (2.2 kilometers).
In the traditional press conference that opens the long weekend, Charles Leclerc briefly retraces what happened two weeks ago, with the hope that the retirement at the Monaco GP will be just a bad memory. And also specifying the favorite stages for his best expression on the Ferrari. “In Montecarlo we learned a lot, demonstrating our competitiveness, with Carlos Sainz on the podium. We have confirmed our strength and this is also positive on a motivational level ”. The Monegasque driver thus defines the ideal driving conditions for him. “Here we will go back to reality a bit, with long straights, even if there are also some corners. We’ll see. I love this track, the street circuits; they are my favourites. The challenge of running close to the walls, at the limit, I like very much. Here I have good memories: I made my first points and I always went fast. I can not wait til tomorrow”.
For Carlos Sainz it is no longer the time to think about a good second place in Monte Carlo: “It’s a result to put behind us soon to focus on the next race”. The Ferrari team takes into account that in Azerbaijan you may have to run on the defensive, maximizing the result that will be possible. “Baku is a very different track from Monte Carlo: I love street circuits, but I’d say Baku has always been the most difficult for me. As treacherous as it is, it is difficult to find the braking points ”. Finally, a review of his first months with the Prancing Horse: “I am absolutely very comfortable in Ferrari, I immediately felt at home from January. I really like the atmosphere. With the car there are things to improve as a driver: I have to challenge myself and in Q3 I still have to find some performance. It’s not all automatic yet ”.