The Baku City Circuit resembles the previous home of the European Grand Prix in Valencia, according to Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat.
However his team mate Carlos Sainz Jnr likened it to the Guia circuit which is the home of the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix.
After driving the circuit in the simulator Kvyat says the most impressive feature of the circuit is the long, flat-out run to turn one. He also picked out the narrow section around the old city centre as a distinctive part of the lap.
“This track reminds me a bit of the Valencia street circuit,” said Kvyat.
“We drive through the city’s historic centre, which looks like being a very tight section, where we will need to be very precise,” he explained.
“There’s another fast section through turns 13, 14 and 15 and I think the braking into turn 15 will be quite tricky… We will see when we get there. After that you arrive at turn 16, a medium-speed 90-degree turn, and you don’t brake again until you reach the first corner.”
Sainz also picked out turn 15 as one of the more challenging bends on the track but said the track reminded him more of Macau than Valencia.
“From turn five onwards it starts to get very interesting,” he said. “It reminds me a lot of the Macau circuit: the section from turn seven to twelve is very similar to its tight section, while the long straight that goes from the exit of turn 16 all the way to turn one is very like its straight.”
Fernando Alonso, who is an ambassador for the Baku track, says it has “similar characteristics” to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where F1 raced on Sunday.
“This circuit is a great mix of both worlds,” he said, “and as the fastest of any previous street track I’m excited for the challenge and to see what’s possible in these kinds of conditions, where everything is a little bit unknown.”
“I’ve already driven the track on the simulator and there’s certainly a lot that makes it unique – medieval walls close to the edge of the newly-laid asphalt, anti-clockwise corners, minimal run-off – so it seems to have all of the ingredients to give us a bit of drama and the prospect of exciting racing.”
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