Speaking in advance of the inaugural F1 race weekend in Azerbaijan, three-time FIA Formula One Drivers World Champion Lewis Hamilton and his teammate and current FIA Formula One Drivers World Championship leader, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team) as well as Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Valtteri Bottas (Williams Martini Racing), Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India F1 Team) and two-time World Champion and Official Ambassador for the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE, Fernando Alonso (McLaren Honda) all expressed their delight at their impending visit to the newest race location on the calendar where they will test their skills to the limit on what is estimated to become the fastest street circuit in F1 racing today:
Lewis Hamilton: ‘I can’t wait to come out there [Baku], thank you so much for firstly accepting us at the race and I hope to get to meet as many of you as possible. I can’t wait!’
Nico Rosberg: ‘It’s great to have a European Grand Prix and I hope a lot of Europeans will come to visit the race. I am sure the atmosphere is going to be awesome!’
Daniel Ricciardo: ‘It [Baku City Circuit] is a new challenge. It’s refreshing and more than anything it’s a street circuit and I love street circuits!’
Valtteri Bottas: ‘I’m very excited to be racing in Baku. I’ve never actually been there so it’s a new place for me to visit plus [it’s] a new race track so I really, really can’t wait."
Nico Hulkenberg: ‘I always welcome street circuits…everybody is talking about that old part of the track [at Baku City Circuit] where it gets very narrow through the Old Town, it sounds pretty cool!’
Fernando Alonso: ‘The circuit is very, very fast. I think we will reach an impressive top speed in Baku, around 340km/h. This is a very unique feeling in a street circuit.’