Max Verstappen: “Sector 2 is tighter than parts of Monaco”


Max Verstappen - Red Bull Racing. What will the streets of Baku hold for the Dutchman? Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen is looking forward to returning to the streets of Baku this weekend, to a track that he considers to be pretty unique in its layout, rivalling Monaco for tightest section on the calendar.

“Baku in my opinion is quite a special street circuit; it’s really unique in terms of having quite wide sections but also some of the tightest parts of track on the calendar.

“Sector 2 is tighter than parts of Monaco which has always been regarded as really narrow and challenging.”

The Dutchman particularly loves driving through the castle complex which comprises Turns 8, 9, 10 and 11, an extremely tight and twisty section, which the 19-year-old says is both awesome and difficult to drive in equal measure.

“When you drive up into the old town and past the castle it is fun and tricky but also amazing to watch as a spectator. That section of the track is my favourite; the straight is quick but seems to go on for a long time and gives you a chance to relax a bit.”

Last year Verstappen finished the inaugural race of Azerbaijan down in eighth place, when it was classed as the European Grand Prix, whilst team-mate Daniel Ricciardo finished in seventh.

This year it will be known as the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, and the Red Bull driver will be hoping for a much better result this time around, as the Milton Keynes based squad attempt to bring the fight to the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Scuderia Ferrari, on the streets of Baku.