Ricciardo revved up for more street racing in Baku


Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull Racing - looking forward to racing on the streets of Baku. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo cannot wait to have another crack at the Baku Street Circuit this weekend, a track that he enjoyed driving at the European Grand Prix last year.

The Australian is a big fan of street circuits, and so this tight and twisty Azerbaijan course, really gets his juices flowing, even though the layout does not really play to the strengths of the RB13.

“The track was fun so I’m looking forward to having another go on it.

“Another street circuit is exciting for me as I really enjoy those types of tracks, it doesn’t suit our car that much but there are a lot of opportunities for things to happen.”

There was plenty of expectation in 2016 that the Azerbaijan circuit would be a challenging one for the drivers, throwing up plenty of incidents, to make for a dramatic race. That action never materialised however, perhaps due to the drivers becoming acquainted with the circuit, and we ended up with a pretty boring race.

The track definitely has the potential for drama however, with such close, tight racing, and Ricciardo feels it is a circuit like no other, which makes it a treat to race around.

“I think the circuit is definitely as tight as it looks and has a lot of corners unlike any others on the calendar. There are a few interesting lines past the castle which adds to the toughness and is definitely a section of track like no other.

“The straight is so long that it gives you time to think, which is nice as the corners are technical and you really need to concentrate.”

Ricciardo finished seventh in Azerbaijan last year, and will certainly hoping to improve on that result this time around.