David Coulthard visited the Baku City Circuit as it prepared for its second grand prix, scheduled for 23-25 June.
His visit began with a tour of the track, taking in a number of the unique features that took the drivers by surprise last summer. The circuit is undergoing daily preparations to ensure its readiness in three months time.
It also provided the opportunity for the former F1 driver to have a closer inspection of a section of track that is undoubtedly set to become an iconic part of the sport in the same manner as Eau Rouge at Spa and Canada’s ‘Wall of Champions’; the 7.6 metre narrow, uphill, winding section by Turn 8 to Turn 11 at the city’s Old Town walls, which could potentially prove a greater threat in 2017 as the cars have expanded in width.
Coulthard will spend the remainder of his time in Azerbaijan engaging with local fans through a series of organised events.
Speaking at a press event held on his arrival, the Scot spoke of how welcoming the city had been and how it only added to the already positive impression he had stemming from last year’s event.
“It is a real honour for me to be invited to Baku ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix,” he said. “The welcome I have received from everyone since my arrival has been wonderful and further confirms my already positive impressions of this city from last summer when it staged such a remarkable debut race weekend.
“This city is truly a delight to visit, with its beautiful mix of the old and the modern, as well as its many eastern and western influences. I feel absolutely confident that this summer’s race will be even better than last year.
“The track’s narrow sequences in particular will prove especially challenging to the wider 2017 cars, so I hope we will see some increased action this year. I really can’t wait to come back here this summer.”