Sebastian Vettel scored his first points of the season last time out in the Monaco Grand Prix, and the German is aiming to maintain his momentum with another strong outing this weekend in Azerbaijan.
The Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team was voted Driver of the Day at the Circuit de Monaco after his best performance of the season to date, with Vettel claiming an excellent fifth place in the principality.
Vettel knows the Baku City Circuit is a much different proposition to Monaco, and the key is to find a good balance that will work in both the high and low speed sections of the track, but his aim is to break into the top ten again on Sunday.
“From Monaco, we travel to another street circuit, Baku – but it’s a very different challenge,” said Vettel. “You can overtake in Baku, and tyre degradation is much more of a factor, so, while Saturday remains important, finding a good balance for the technical sectors and the high-speed sections, while performing a strong race strategy, will be key to a good result.
“We’re coming here off the back of a good weekend in Monaco, and we want to maintain our momentum.”
“We are continually progressing with our AMR21” – Lance Stroll
Team-mate Lance Stroll has fond memories of Baku, having scored his maiden Formula 1 podium whilst racing for Williams Racing there back in 2017.
The Canadian has scored points in each of his three visits to the track, and he is aiming for another top ten finish this weekend.
Stroll also had a positive Sunday in Monaco, climbing from thirteenth on the grid to score four points with an eighth place finish. It was the first time Aston Martin had scored points with both drivers this season, and he hopes the momentum from Monaco can continue into the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
“Baku is a place of special memories for me, it’s here that I scored my maiden podium in Formula 1,” said Stroll. “It’s a complex circuit as it combines flat-out sections with tight corners in the middle sector, making the margin for error minuscule.
“We are continually progressing with our AMR21 and intend on building on our momentum from Monaco.”