Max Verstappen: “The track looks very interesting”

Max Verstappen - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Both of the Red Bull Racing drivers are looking forward to experiencing the new-for-2016 Baku Street Circuit as the European Grand Prix makes its return to the Formula 1 calendar.

Max Verstappen believes the long straight at Baku will make it difficult when it comes to working out the downforce level required to be quick around the street circuit, although the young Dutchman admits that he likes to discover new circuits.

“The track looks very interesting because it has such a long straight for a street circuit which will be difficult for the wing setting because on a street circuit you want lots of downforce but with such a long straight you have to find a good compromise,” said Verstappen.

“Baku is new for everyone. You start from zero which I always like, and it’s always good to discover new countries and new tracks.”

Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is excited for the challenge of the street circuit, and is ready to experience the atmosphere of Baku and Azerbaijan this weekend.

“I’m excited to go there because it’s a new track so it’s going to be a challenge for everyone, but the fact that it’s a street circuit is really cool,” said Ricciardo.

“I’m pretty optimistic that the city itself will be quite good fun. I’ve seen some pictures of the city and it looks cool. It sort of reminds me of Budapest a little bit, so let’s see, I’m pretty excited to go there.”