Sainz Jr. – “You can’t compare the Baku track layout to Monaco”

by Vince Pettit

Carlos Sainz Jr. will be looking to put the memory of the Canadian Grand Prix behind him as the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship heads to Azerbaijan this weekend.

Last time out the Spaniard collided with Romain Grosjean on the opening lap, a move that saw the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver exiting the race.

Looking ahead to the second running of the Grand Prix around the Baku streets, Sainz Jr. comments “You can’t compare the Baku track layout to Monaco, even if it’s a street circuit.”

“It’s not better or worse, just different. It’s a very tough circuit to race at – I wouldn’t say it’s tougher than Monaco, but it gets quite close to it and any small mistake can be critical, so you have to stay concentrated and focused at all times.”

Last year Sainz Jr. was battling midfield throughout the race before a suspension problem took him out of the race, “I enjoyed it there last year, I think it was quite a special race.

“It was just a shame I couldn’t get to finish it because I was enjoying it a lot out there. I remember having very good battles with the McLarens and Red Bulls and there was no rest.

The unique location of the circuit means that the teams stay very close to the circuit, this is something the Toro Rosso driver enjoyed last year.

“One of the things I like the most is that our hotel is very close to the track. Literally just outside the Paddock entrance!

“This is perfect, as you get to sleep a bit more and feel much more comfortable as you have all your stuff only a couple of minutes away from the garage. If you want to, you can even go to the toilet in your room during the day!”

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