Fernando Alonso believes that the Baku City Circuit will be the most memorable track in Formula 1 this year when it hosts the European Grand Prix on June 19.
F1 will venture to Azerbaijan for the first time in June as the European Grand Prix moniker returns to the series’ schedule after four years away.
Track designer Hermann Tilke has created a circuit around the streets of Baku – Azerbaijan’s capital – that is set to be one of the fastest on the calendar.
Alonso became the first driver to visit Baku and see the proposed layout earlier this week, having been named as an ambassador for the race.
“It’s a real honor for me to be the first F1 driver to visit this magnificent city,” Alonso said. “The welcome I have received from everyone since my arrival has been wonderful.”
Two-time champion Alonso believes that the Baku circuit will offer a race to remember as it features many of the city’s biggest landmarks and most historic sites.
“I have been really impressed with everything I have seen today. I feel absolutely confident in saying that Baku City Circuit is going to be the most memorable circuit on the F1 calendar this year,” Alonso said.
“Much like this beautiful city, it successfully manages to showcase its modernity with a lovely nod to the past. Indeed, the way the track stretches along the Old Town walls with the magnificent Flame Towers in the background is a clear example of this.
“On a technical level, I am excited to test my skills on such a challenging circuit, in particular along those tight, winding corners.”