In the next chapter of Engineer's Lowdown, Fernando's Race Engineer Will Joseph explains how the track in Azerbaijan is different to what you'd usually expect on the F1 race calendar.
Take a closer look at our key facts on the street circuit:
|Braking||There are six significant braking events around the lap, the hardest being into Turn One, where the cars slow from very high speed. The rest of the lap is relatively slow (there are nine third-gear corners) and it’s a delicate balance to optimise brake cooling.|
|Power units||The cars use 2kg of fuel per lap, which is high, and without a Safety Car period the cars are unable to complete the race without a degree of fuel saving. It’s also a demanding race for the ERS because there are long periods of full deployment.|
|Aero||Despite being a street track, Baku is a low-downforce circuit. In terms of aero package, it’s the second lowest downforce package of the season, after Monza.|
|Gaming||Confidence and concentration are key at the Baku City Circuit. It’s the longest street track on the calendar (112m longer than Silverstone) and a lot of the corners are blind. The track is incredibly narrow in places, and very wide in others, and it’s magnificently fast along the start-finish straight. If you can find a way of maintaining brake temperatures along the 2.1km/1.305-mile pit-straight, you’ll be very effective in the race, because most of the overtaking takes place into Turn One.|