Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher say the characteristics of the Baku City Circuit should help them achieve a good result in this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Baku track features a unique blend of tight, twisty corners and long, expansive straights, including a final sector that is almost entirely flat-out, and Magnussen noted that the layout would play to the strengths of his VF-22 and its Ferrari power unit.
“Baku is a lovely track, very unique with long straights and all the slow corners – I’m looking forward to it,” said Magnussen.
“I hope it’s going to be good. It’s a power-centric track with all the long straights there, and power is very important.
“We’ve got a good engine from Ferrari so I’m not anticipating any problems.”
Haas ‘in a good position’ for Baku, says Schumacher
Magnussen’s teammate Schumacher said he was also confident of a good showing at Baku, noting that the VF-22 has gone well on a good mix of circuits so far in 2022.
“As our car is right now, we’re in a good position for Baku,” said Schumacher. “For sure, we’ll have to wait and see but it’s been good so far.
“Our car has been able to comply to nearly each race track we’ve gone to, so I’m just excited to go racing and have a good race.”
With F1’s regulation changes for 2022 having reduced the effect of DRS and increased the ease with which drivers can follow cars in front, Schumacher added that he was expecting to see plenty of passing in this weekend’s race.
“I would imagine to see more action and overtaking,” said Schumacher, who finished 13th at Baku last year.
“We know that DRS this year isn’t as powerful as it used to be, but I’m sure with the cars being able to follow closer, we’ll be able to arrive or stay closer to the car ahead in the last part of the track, and then maybe we won’t need that high DRS power anymore to get by into Turn 1.
“We’ll just go with the flow and see how it goes. It was one of our highest finishes last season, so I hope with a more competitive car we’re able to be higher up as well and have a good race.”