Preview – 2017 Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix
8th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 23rd to 25th June 2017
After a challenging weekend in Montreal, the Sauber F1 Team is heading out to Azerbaijan for the 8th round of this year′s Formula 1 World Championship. It is the second time that the Grand Prix will be hosted at Baku City Circuit after its debut in 2016. As one of three city tracks on the calendar – between Monaco and Singapore – it impresses with a spectacular view of Baku′s old town.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“This will be our second trip to Baku – definitely an interesting location. It is a city track with long straights and interesting corner combinations, making it quite special. Last season, relatively high track temperatures had an impact on our tyre management. I expect that we will have similar conditions this year. As a team, our goal remains to make further progress in improving the performance of our car.”
Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
“I am really looking forward to getting back into the car in Baku. Last year′s race weekend in Azerbaijan was quite interesting for all of us, because it was the first time that a Formula 1 GP took place there. Finding the suitable car set-up for this track was a challenge to all of the teams. Due to the layout of the track, top speed and traction are the key factors for success.”
The first Grand Prix of Azerbaijan was hosted at the Baku City Circuit in 2016. The city track, located in the country′s capital, is 6 km long and was designed by the well-known architect Hermann Tilke. Baku is one of three city races on this year′s calendar, the others being Monaco and Singapore. Long straights challenge top speeds, but also require good traction, braking, and tyre management. Part of the track surrounds Baku′s old town, providing a beautiful scenery and a unique atmosphere.
|Circuit||Baku City Circuit / 6.001 km|
|Race distance||51 laps / 306.051 km|
|Schedule||Qualifying 17:00 hrs local time (15:00 CEST), Race 17:00 hrs local time (15:00 hrs CEST)|
|Driver||Marcus Ericsson||Pascal Wehrlein|
|Marcus Ericsson||Pascal Wehrlein|
|Born||02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)||18.10.1994 / Sigmaringen (DE)|
|Height / Weight||1,80 m / 70 kg||1,75 m / 63 kg|
|First GP||Australia 2014||Australia 2016|
|Best race result||8th Australia (2015)||8th Spain (2017)|
10th Malaysia (2015), 10th China (2015),
10th Italy (2015)
|12th Austria (2016)|
|Points 2017||0 (18th)||4 (14th)|
|Points in total||9||5|
The Sauber F1 Team has 4 points to its tally and currently holds 9th place in the Constructors’ Championship.