Baku as tight as it looks - Ricciardo

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Along with his colleagues, Daniel Ricciardo moves on to Azerbaijan on the back of a third place finish in Montreal where he pretty much maxed out the potential of his Red Bull RB13.

Last year, for Formula 1's maiden race in Baku, the Aussie qualified on the front row alongside Nico Rosberg's Mercedes but finished only seventh.

The result was nothing to write hope about but the Honey Badger still has fond memories of the particular Baku track, the second-longest circuit on the F1 calendar behind Spa.

 "The track was fun so I’m looking forward to having another go on it," Ricciardo said in the team's preview.

"Another street circuit is exciting for me as I really enjoy those types of tracks, it doesn’t suit our car that much but there are a lot of opportunities for things to happen.

"I think the circuit is definitely as tight as it looks and has a lot of corners unlike any others on the calendar.

"There are a few interesting lines past the castle which adds to the toughness and is definitely a section of track like no other.

"The straight is so long that it gives you time to think, which is nice as the corners are technical and you really need to concentrate."

With its maze of alleys and quaint buildings, Baku is generally viewed as a beautiful and attractive place, and one which Ricciardo will hopefully take the time to discover.

"This year I want to try and see the city more and get out to explore," he adds.

"Our hotel is so convenient being basically on the circuit but it means you don’t go out of that area too much and become a bit complacent.

"The view from the top of our hotel was awesome, from the gym you could see the entire city and track, which is pretty unique."


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